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Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography

Peter France and William St Clair


Why biography? This collection of chapters on the problems and functions of biography, and particularly the biography of writers, thinkers, and artists, investigates a subject of enduring importance for those interested in culture and society. In the last century, it has been a controversial subject, as old models of biographical writing were attacked and superseded, while critics and theorists questioned the once self-evident value of the biography of writers. Yet the genre continues to attract notable authors and is unfailingly popular with readers. The present volume, while containing chapt ... More

Keywords: biography, writers' biographies, thinkers' biographies, artists' biographies, biographical writing, critical thinking, European life-writing, modern biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263181
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter France, editor
Professor of French, University of Edinburgh; Fellow of the British Academy

William St Clair, editor
Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge; Fellow of the British Academy

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