Towards a Poetics of Literary Biography Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 165 pages, XI, 165 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
- Publication Date: 02/09/2015
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9781137549570
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