Neo Victorian Biofiction

Neo Victorian Biofiction

Voigts, Eckart. 2014. 'Bio-Fiction: Neo-Victorian Revisions of Evolution and Genetics'. In Boehm-Schnitker and Gruss (2014a): 79–92. Chapter 8 Biofiction Goes Global: Richard Flanagan's Wanting, Dickens, and Biofiction and Différance 231.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004434356

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 403

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Highlighting neo-Victorian biofiction’s crucial role in reimagining and augmenting the historical archive, this volume explores the complex ethical consequences of a creative movement of historiographic revisionism, combining biography and fiction in a dialectic tension of empathy and voyeuristic spectacle.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Conversations with Biographical Novelists

Conversations with Biographical Novelists

But the ones in this volume have the virtue of broadening our understanding of biofiction and exposing some differences in approaches to the literary form. In short, not all the interviewers or novelists in this volume agree with each ...

Author: Michael Lackey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501341489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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How does a writer approach a novel about a real person? In this new collection of interviews, authors such as Emma Donoghue, David Ebershoff, David Lodge, Colum McCann, Colm Tóibín, and Olga Tokarczuk sit down with literary scholars to discuss the relationship of history, truth, and fiction. Taken together, these conversations clarify how the biographical novel encourages cross-cultural dialogue, promotes new ways of thinking about history, politics, and social justice, and allows us to journey into the interior world of influential and remarkable people.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Nineteenth Century Revis it ed

The Nineteenth Century Revis it ed

Ansgar Nünning provides a categorization of what he labels “postmodern biofiction.” He proposes a “typology of biofictions,” consisting of five types: “'documentary fictional biographies,' 'realist fictional biographies,' 'revisionist ...

Author: Ina Bergmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000295627

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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The Nineteenth Century Revis(it)ed: The New Historical Fiction explores the renaissance of the American historical novel at the turn of the twenty-first century. The study examines the revision of nineteenth-century historical events in cultural products against the background of recent theoretical trends in American studies. It combines insights of literary studies with scholarship on popular culture. The focus of representation is the long nineteenth century – a period from the early republic to World War I – as a key epoch of the nation-building project of the United States. The study explores the constructedness of historical tradition and the cultural resonance of historical events within the discourse on the contemporary novel and the theory formation surrounding it. At the center of the discussion are the unprecedented literary output and critical as well as popular success of historical fiction in the USA since 1995. An additional postcolonial and transatlantic perspective is provided by the incorporation of texts by British and Australian authors and especially by the inclusion of insights from neo-Victorian studies. The book provides a critical comment on current and topical developments in American literature, culture, and historiography.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Virginia Woolf s Afterlives

Virginia Woolf   s Afterlives

biofiction, but also to clarify why Woolf is such an ideal figure to feature in biofiction. To execute this project, therefore, a commanding grasp of the life and works of Woolf, biofiction studies, and biofictions about Woolf is needed ...

Author: Monica Latham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000388473

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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This book explores Virginia Woolf’s afterlives in contemporary biographical novels and drama. It offers an extensive analysis of a wide array of literary productions in which Virginia Woolf appears as a fictional character or a dramatis persona. It examines how Woolf’s physical and psychological features, as well as the values she stood for, are magnified, reinforced or distorted to serve the authors’ specific agendas. Beyond general theoretical issues about this flourishing genre, this study raises specific questions about the literary and cultural relevance of Woolf’s fictional representations. These contemporary narratives inform us about Woolf’s iconicity, but they also mirror our current literary, cultural and political concerns. Based on a close examination of twenty-five works published between 1972 and 2019, the book surveys various portraits of Woolf as a feminist, pacifist, troubled genius, gifted innovative writer, treacherous, competitive sister and tragic, suicidal character, or, on the contrary, as a caricatural comic spirit, inspirational figure and perspicacious amateur sleuth. By resurrecting Virginia Woolf in contemporary biofiction, whether to enhance or debunk stereotypes about the historical figure, the authors studied here contribute to her continuous reinvention. Their diverse fictional portraits constitute a way to reinforce Woolf’s literary status, re-evaluate her work, rejuvenate critical interpretations and augment her cultural capital in the twenty-first century
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Imagining Gender in Biographical Fiction

Imagining Gender in Biographical Fiction

Funding This work was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), grant number V543-G23. NOTES 1. For a discussion of the reception of biofiction, see Michael Lackey's intro- duction to Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American ...

Author: Julia Novak

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783031090196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 394

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This volume addresses the current boom in biographical fictions across the globe, examining the ways in which gendered lives of the past become re-imagined as gendered narratives in fiction. Building on this research, this book is the first to address questions of gender in a sustained and systematic manner that is also sensitive to cultural and historical differences in both raw material and fictional reworking. It develops a critical lens through which to approach biofictions as ‘fictions of gender’, drawing on theories of biofiction and historical fiction, life-writing studies, feminist criticism, queer feminist readings, postcolonial studies, feminist art history, and trans studies. Attentive to various approaches to fictionalisation that reclaim, appropriate or re-invent their ‘raw material’, the volume assesses the critical, revisionist and deconstructive potential of biographical fictions while acknowledging the effects of cliché, gender norms and established narratives in many of the texts under investigation. The introduction of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com
Categories: Literary Criticism

Biofictions

Biofictions

Biofiction and science fiction may not immediately appear to be productive partners , but it seems to me that in fact biographical mate- rial can be very successfully adapted for science fiction . Karl Kroeber has suggested that science ...

Author: Martin Middeke

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 157113123X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 248

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Biofictions sets out to explore this renewed interest in Romantic artist-figures in the context of the current renaissance of "life-writing."
Categories: Literary Collections

Present Pasts

Present Pasts

be of crucial importance in the discussion of Dora Bruder , as will the question of whether it is a fiction - or biofiction - at all . It is certainly not a deliberately misleading text . The term ' biofiction deserves further analysis ...

Author: Dervila Cooke

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789401202411

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

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This is the first in-depth study of the twelve Modiano texts specifically concerned with life-writing in autobiographical and biographical-cum-historiographical projects. The texts covered range from La Place de l’étoile (1968) through to La Petite Bijou (2001). Close textual analysis is combined with a theoretical approach based on current thinking in autobiography, biography, and reader-response. Modiano’s use of autofiction and biofiction is analysed in the light of his continuing obsession with both personal trauma and History, as well as his problematic relationship with his paternally-inherited Jewish links. His view of identity (of self and other) is thus discussed in relation to a particular literary and socio-historical context– French, postmodern, post-World War II, and post-Holocaust.
Categories: Social Science

Biofictional Histories Mutations and Forms

Biofictional Histories  Mutations and Forms

INTRODUCTION Locating and Defining the Bio in Biofiction By Michael Lackey This brief survey of criticism about biofiction clarifies how scholars have struggled to define the aesthetic form in relation to the historical novel and to ...

Author: Michael Lackey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315412870

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 110

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Biofiction, defined as literature that names its protagonist after an actual historical figure, first became popular in the 1930s, but over the last forty years it has become a dominant literary form. Prominent writers such as J.M. Coetzee, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Julia Alvarez, Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel, Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Colum McCann, and Michael Cunningham have authored spectacular biographical novels which have won some of the world’s most prestigious awards for fiction. However, in spite of the prominence of these authors, works, and awards, there has been considerable confusion about the nature of biofiction. This collection of process pieces and academic essays from authors and scholars of biofiction defines the nature of the aesthetic form, clarifies why it has come into being, specifies what it is uniquely capable of signifying, illustrates how it pictures the historical and critiques the political, and suggests potential directions for future studies. This book was originally published as a special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.
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Neo Victorian Biographilia and James Miranda Barry

Neo  Victorian Biographilia and James Miranda Barry

In her incisive typology of neo-Victorian biofiction, Kohlke defines three specific modes: 'celebrity biofiction', 'biofiction of marginalised subjects' and 'appropriated biofiction'.6 Celebrity biofiction 'speculates about the inner ...

Author: Ann Heilmann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319713861

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 402

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Senior colonial officer from 1813 to 1859, Inspector General James Barry was a pioneering medical reformer who after his death in 1865 became the object of intense speculation when rumours arose about his sex. This cultural history of Barry’s afterlives in Victorian to contemporary (neo-Victorian) life-writing (‘biographilia’) examines the textual and performative strategies of biography, biofiction and biodrama of the last one and a half centuries. In exploring the varied reconstructions and re-imaginations of the historical personality across time, the book illustrates (not least with its cover image) that the ‘real’ James Barry does not exist, any more than does the ‘faithful’ biographical, biofictional or biodramatic rendering of a life in a generically ‘stable’ and discrete form. What Barry represents and how he is represented invariably pinpoints the imaginative, the speculative and the performative: reflections and refractions in the looking glass of genre. Just as ‘James Miranda Barry’, as a subject of cultural inquiry, comes into being and remains in view in the act of crossing gender, so neo-Victorian life-writing constitutes itself through similar acts of boundary transgression. Transgender thus finds its most typical expression in transgenre.
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Bloomsbury Influences

Bloomsbury Influences

With this in mind, what might Mitz reveal about the potential, as well as the limitations, of biofiction? As a mid-point between biography and fiction, biofiction must, as I suggested at the outset, negotiate a mixed generic legacy.

Author: E.H. Wright

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443862295

Category: Art

Page: 276

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“No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists.” —T. S. Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, 1921 Bloomsbury Influences is an interdisciplinary essay collection developed from papers given at Bath Spa University’s Bloomsbury Adaptations Conference. The volume explores the ways that 20th and 21st century art, drama, fiction and philosophy have been influenced and inspired by the work of the Bloomsbury Group and their London milieu. By comparing and contrasting the artistic, philosophical and literary works of the Bloomsbury Group with later artists, writers and thinkers, such as the Singh Twins, Harold Bloom, C. K. Stead, Jeanette Winterson and Ali Smith, amongst many others, each essay examines how, in T. S. Eliot’s words, the past has been “altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past”.
Categories: Art