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Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Ann Jefferson


This book explores the relations between literature and biography in France by tracing their history since the emergence of the two terms during the 18th century. This is when term ‘biographie’ first saw the light of day in the French language, and the word ‘littérature’ began to acquire its modern sense of writing marked by an aesthetic character. Arguing that the ‘idea of literature’ is inherently open to revision and contestation, the book examines the way in which biographically orientated texts have been engaged in turning literature into a question about its own definition. At the same t ... More

Keywords: biography, biographie, literariness, literature, literary history, life-writing, pragmatic

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Jefferson, author
Professor of French at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in French at New College, Oxford
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