Autobiography—What Is It?: <i>Issues and Debates</i>

Meredith Anne Skura

in Tudor Autobiography

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226761879
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226761886 | DOI:
Autobiography—What Is It?: Issues and Debates

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This chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore what people said about themselves, in whatever terms or forms they used. The method has been determined in large part by simple curiosity about individual texts and their writers in this period. It begins with a very loose definition of autobiography so as to include as many different kinds of texts as possible, and with similarly loose expectations about the writers. Some of the texts illustrate what we know abstractly, but others can expand and refine existing generalizations about the early modern subject. The range of material offers fascinating glimpses of the variety of lived—and imagined—experiences, in great houses, at court, on a tenant farm, in London rooms and streets. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: autobiography; writers; texts; experiences

Chapter.  7251 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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