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‘Welcome creative subversions’: experiment and innovation in recent biographical writing

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journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Donna Brien
While biography is popularly understood as a literature that tells straightforward, factual life stories, biography as a literary form has been, and continues to be, the site of considerable experimentation. Focusing on experimental biographical practice, and its reception by reviewers, this survey considers a range of current writers and their work, mapping their experimentation and, where relevant, their consideration of this practice, against the background of innovation achieved in biographical writing during the twentieth century. This includes a case study of Andrew Motion’s Wainewright the Poisoner (2000) to illustrate the form and craft of biographical innovation, including the practical, theoretical and methodological issues involved for writers in this field. This survey supplements the considerable scholarly engagement with this topic since the second half of the twentieth century with a perspective that is focused on both authors’ production and its reception.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

18

Issue

1

Start Page

e1

End Page

e25

Number of Pages

e25

eISSN

1327-9556

ISSN

1327-9556

Location

Canberra, ACT

Publisher

Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC); School of Education and the Arts (2013- );

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Text.