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‘The Solace of Doubt’? Biographical Methodology after the Short Twentieth Century

James Walter

in Mapping Lives

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263181
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.003.0019

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

‘The Solace of Doubt’? Biographical Methodology after the Short Twentieth Century

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This chapter discusses some of the trends in the twentieth century that have emerged in publications on how to write biographies, and emphasizes the trends of the past twenty years. Its focus is on English-language biography. It is suggested that one can understand the present debates as a rethinking of the suppositions of twentieth-century modernist biography.

Keywords: trends; twentieth century; biographies; English-language biography; modernist biography; suppositions

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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