Metabiography: Reflecting on Biography (Palgrave Studies in Life Writing)
This book explores the contradictions of biography. It chartsshifting approaches to the writing and reading of biographies, frompost-hagiographical attitudes of the Enlightenment, heroicbiographies of Romanticism and irreverent modernist portraitsthrough to contemporary experiments in politically committed andhybrid forms of life writing. The book shows how biographical textsin fact destabilise the models of historical visibility, culturalprominence and narrative coherence that the genre itself seems touphold. Addressing the fraught relationships between genre andgender, private and public, image and text, life and narrative thatplay out in the modern biographical tradition, Metabiographysuggests new possibilities for reading, writing and thinking aboutthis enduringly popular genre.