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Writing lives : biography and textuality, identity and representation in early modern England

Author: Kevin Sharpe; Steven N Zwicker
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Leading literary scholars, cultural critics, and historians of ideas and visual media, engaged both with early modern and contemporary conceptions of biography, reflect on the problems of writing lives from the various perspectives of their own research and in the form of case studies informed by new questions.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Sharpe; Steven N Zwicker
ISBN: 9780199698233 0199698236 9780191803772 0191803774
OCLC Number: 913831298
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: 1 online resource (369 pages)
Contents: Part 1. Lives and borders: Biography and modernity : some thoughts on origins / Stella Tillyard ; An irregular life : not a biography of Constantijn Huygens / Lisa Jardine --
Part 2. Literatures and lives: 'Secrets and lies' : the life of Edmund Spenser / Andrew Hadfield ; The early lives of John Milton / Thomas N. Corns ; Gossip and biography / Harold Love ; Considering the ancients : Dryden and the uses of biography / Steven N. Zwicker --
Part 3. Painting lives: Naught but illusion : Buckingham's painted selves / Alastair Bellany ; Painting a life : the case of Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland / Julia Marciari Alexander --
Part 4. Materials and monarchs: Two queens, one inventory : the lives of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor / Paulina Kewes ; Elizabeth on Elizabeth : underexamined episodes in an overexamined life / Leah S. Marcus ; Whose life is it anyway? : writing early modern monarchs and the "Life" of James II / Kevin Sharpe --
Part 5. Spiritual selves: This girl hath a spirit averse from Calvin : reading the life, hearing the voice(s) / Annabel Patterson ; Alchemy and monstrous love : Sir Robert Moray and the representation of early modern lives / Frances Harris ; Reading Clarke's Lives in political and polemical context / Peter Lake ; The servant and the grave robber : Walton's Lives in Restoration England / Andrea Walkden --
Part 6. Towards biography: Biography, fiction, and the emergence of identity in eighteenth century Britain / Michael McKeon.
Responsibility: edited by Kevin Sharpe, Steven N. Zwicker.

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