Life writing : the spirit of the age and the state of the art
- edited by Meg Jensen and Jane Jordan.
- Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2009.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xxxvii, 238 pages) : illustrations (some color)
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-231).
- TABLE OF CONTENTS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; COLOUR PLATES; BLAKE MORRISON AND HANIF KUREISHI IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNA KIERNAN; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; COLOUR PLATES; BLAKE MORRISON AND HANIF KUREISHI IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNA KIERNAN; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTION; STATE OF THE ART; PART I; CHAPTER ONE; CHAPTER TWO; CHAPTER THREE; PART II; NEAL ASCHERSON AND TIM BULLAMORE IN CONVERSATION; CHAPTER FOUR; CHAPTER FIVE; CHAPTER SIX; PART III; CHAPTER SEVEN; CHAPTER EIGHT; CHAPTER NINE; PART IV; RACHEL CUSK IN CONVERSATION WITH MEG JENSEN; CHAPTER TEN; CHAPTER ELEVEN; CHAPTER TWELVE.
- PART VHANIF KUREISHI AND BLAKE MORRISON IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNA KIERNAN; CHAPTER THIRTEEN; CHAPTER FOURTEEN; CHAPTER FIFTEEN; PART VI; VICTORIA GLENDINNING AND VIRGINIA NICOLSON IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD COHEN; CHAPTER SIXTEEN; CHAPTER SEVENTEEN; CHAPTER EIGHTEEN; BIBLIOGRAPHY; CONTRIBUTORS.
In our age, self-publishing, self-broadcasting, and telling stories about our own lives and the lives of others are all-pervasive. This is also the age of the witness, the age of testimony in which first-hand accounts, personal experience, life change and evolution are valued, for good or ill, over distanced reflection. What are we to make of all this telling of lives? The essays collected in Life Writing: The Spirit of the Age and the State of the Art from writers and academics associated with the Centre for Life Narrative Studies at Kingston University in London, begin to address this very question, and in doing so demonstrate the fluidity and diversity of life writing itself. The remit of the Centre for Life Narratives is to rise to the challenge poised to writers, teachers and researchers alike by this very fluidity and diversity in our discipline and is exemplified here with contributions from academics, curators, editors and biographers, including Neal Ascherson, Victoria Glendinning, Professor Kathryn Hughes, Hanif Kureishi, Blake Morrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. This collection of essays from CLN offers the reader our founding contribution to the debates that surround this era-defining genre and as such presents both the state of the art and the spirit of our age.
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- Publication date
- 9781443808606 (electronic bk.)
- 1443808601 (electronic bk.)