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'True biographies of nations?' : the cultural journeys of dictionaries of national biography

Author: Karen Fox; Australian National University Press.
Publisher: Canberra : ANU Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: ANU.Lives series in biography.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dictionaries of national biography are a long-established and significant genre of biographical and historical writing, existing in many forms across the globe. This book brings together practitioners from around the English-speaking world to reflect on national biographical dictionary projects' recent cultural journeys, and the challenges presented to them by such developments as the transition to a digital  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Dictionaries
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Fox; Australian National University Press.
ISBN: 9781760462758 1760462756
OCLC Number: 1097202413
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 229 pages)
Contents: 1. The Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of Biography / Karen Fox --
PART I: THE DIGITAL AGE. 2. Individual Lives and National Truths: Locating Biographies within a National Encyclopedia / Jock Phillips --
3. The Irish World: How to Revise a Long-Standing Dictionary Project / Turlough O'Riordan --
4. What is National Biography For? Dictionaries and Digital History / Philip Carter --
5. Using Lives: The Australian Dictionary of Biography and Its Related Corpora / Melanie Nolan --
PART II: THE REPRESENTATIONAL CHALLENGE. 6. Why Gender Matters: Fostering Diversity in the American National Biography with Lessons Learned from Notable American Women / Susan Ware --
7. Women and the Biographies of Nations: The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women / Elizabeth Ewan --
8. An Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography / Shino Konishi --
9. Writing the Nation in Two Languages: The Dictionary of Welsh Biography / Dafydd Johnston --
PART III: THE TRANSNATIONAL DIMENSION. 10. Writing a Dictionary of World Biography / Barry Jones --
11. British National Biography and Global British Lives: From the DNB to the ODNB --
and Beyond? / David Cannadine --
12. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography and the Irish Diaspora / David A. Wilson.
Series Title: ANU.Lives series in biography.
Responsibility: edited by Karen Fox.
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Abstract:

Dictionaries of national biography are a long-established and significant genre of biographical and historical writing, existing in many forms across the globe. This book brings together practitioners from around the English-speaking world to reflect on national biographical dictionary projects' recent cultural journeys, and the challenges presented to them by such developments as the transition to a digital environment, a new alertness to the need to represent diversity, and the rise of transnationalism. Exploring their paths forward, the chapters of this book collectively make a powerful argument for the continued value and importance of large-scale collaborative biographical dictionary research.

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