Looking at the complex relationship between the discipline of history and the writing of lives, this key textbook provides an original and insightful introduction to a growing and increasingly important area of historical scholarship and research. Examining key works that have changed the nature of biography, Barbara Caine also explores the way biographical narrative and life stories have become a central preoccupation for history.
Outlining the main features of contemporary historical biography, this is an ideal companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on Historiography, Theory and History, Theory and Methods, Historical Methodology, History and Life/Biographical/Autobiographical Writing, and Life-Writing courses on English or Creative Writing degrees.
About the Author
Barbara Caine is Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition.- Historians and the Question of Biography.- A History of Biography.- Collective Biography.- Auto/biography and Life Writing.- Interpreting and Constructing Lives.- Changing Biographical Practices- Conclusion.- Glossary.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index
What People are Saying About This
An excellent overview of the relationship between biography and history, and the underlying debates.' - Melanie Nolan, National Centre for Biography, Australian National University, Australia
'Historical biography is a topic which historians have neglected for far too long, and this incisive and thought-provoking survey fills a real gap in the literature.' - Jane Ridley, University of Buckingham, UK
'[A] brief, comprehensive examination of the relationship between biography and history....Recommended.' - CHOICE
'…essential reading for anyone interested in the writing of life histories, their relationship to other forms of historical scholarship, and their place in the galaxy of life-writing genres.' - Jeremy D. Popkin, Project Muse
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