Towards a Poetics of Literary Biography

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Preface Introduction: Lives Without Theory
1. Art & Artifice in Biography
2. Plotting A Life
3. The Author's Works (1): Signs of Life?
4. The Author's Works (2): Open to Criticism?
5. Their Times and Ours
6. Framing a Poetics of Literary Biography
Notes and References
Select Bibliography
Index
Drawing upon a wide range of biographies of literary subjects, from Shakespeare and Wordsworth to William Golding and V.S. Naipaul, this book develops a poetics of literary biography based on the triangular relationships of lives, works and times and how narrative operates in holding them together. Biography is seen as a hybrid genre in which historical and fictional elements are imaginatively combined. It considers the roles of story-telling, factual data in the art of life-writing, and the literariness of its language. It includes a case study of the biography of Ellen Terry, discussion of the controversial relationship between a subject's life and works, 'biographical criticism' and, through the issue of gender, the social and cultural changes biographies reflect. It frames a poetics on the basis of its strategy and tactics and demonstrates how the literal truth of verifiable data and the poetic truth of what is narrated are interdependent.
Autor: Michael Benton
Michael Benton

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Autor: Michael Benton
ISBN-13 :: 9781137549570
ISBN: 1137549572
Verlag: Springer Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Macmillan UK, Macmillan Education
Seiten: 165
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage 1st ed. 2015
Sonstiges: Buch, 225x145x13 mm
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