Autobiographers: Who Were They? Why Did They Write?

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:
Autobiographers: Who Were They? Why Did They Write?

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This chapter begins with some generalizations about the writers discussed in the preceding chapters. Much of what these writers shared was the product of their historical context. Sixteenth-century Reformation England created the “conditions for autobiography,” as George Gusdorf identified them in his early study. The most important of these, he argued, was a sense of history and of how a writer's society differed from the past. The discussion then turns to how cultural context and individual temperament both helped produce autobiographers.

Keywords: autobiography; autobiographers; sixteenth-century writers; cultural context; temperament; Reformation England; George Gusdorf

Chapter.  2960 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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