Auto/Biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice

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In this study, Laura Marcus explores autobiography as a genre and as an organizing concept in 19th- and 20th-century thought. Drawing on a wide range of writings, both literary and theoretical, she shows how autobiography and biography have been crucial in debates over subject and object, public and private, fact and fiction - debates now refigured in feminist theory. The study explores the significance of the genre in eugenics and theories of "genius", the "new biography" of Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf and others, autobiography and historical consciousness from Wilhelm Dilthey to the present, recent theories of subjectivity and genre and contemporary autobiographical writings and feminist theories of life-writing.

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Laura Marcus is Lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London

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“[T]his is a scholarly and challenging work. Its depth of research, elegant argument and impressive grasp of detail will ensure it becomes a classic of autobiographical criticism.” —Times Higher Educational Supplement

“Scholarly, and beautifully written, this is one of the most important books of the year.” —Studies in English Literature

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