Biofiction

Biofiction

readers deterministic truths of how we came to be as we currently are, but biofiction transports readers into the world of agential possibilities so that they can create themselves into something unique, original, and new.

Author: Michael Lackey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000399721

Category: Fiction

Page: 198

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Biofiction: An Introduction provides readers with the history, origins, evolution, and legitimization of biofiction, suggesting potential lines of inquiry, exploring criticisms of the literary form, and modeling the process of analyzing and interpreting individual texts. Written for undergraduate and graduate students, this volume combines comprehensive coverage of the core foundations of biofiction with contemporary and lively debates within the subject. The volume aims to confront and illuminate the following questions: • When did biofiction come into being? • What forces gave birth to it? • How does it uniquely function and signify? • Why has it become such a dominant aesthetic form in recent years? This introduction will give readers a framework for evaluating specific biofictions from writers as varied as Friedrich Nietzsche, George Moore, Zora Neale Hurston, William Styron, Angela Carter, Joyce Carol Oates, and Colm Tóibín, thus enabling readers to assess the value and impact of individual works on the culture at large. Spanning nineteenth-century origins to contemporary debates and adaptations, this book not only equips the reader with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of biofiction but also provides a valuable guide to the uncanny power of the biographical novel to transform cultural attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs.
Categories: Fiction

Neo Victorian Biofiction

Neo Victorian Biofiction

draw both explicitly and allusively on Burton's personal history, undermining Schabert's assertion that the usual “function” of biographical details “as factual information” is “suspended” in biofiction (Schabert 1982: 5).

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004434356

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 404

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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

Biofiction and Writers Afterlives

Biofiction and Writers    Afterlives

These are forces that biofiction, by converting the historical subject into a literary symbol, is better able to resist. Lackey's piece is followed by Todd Avery's chapter on 'Lytton Strachey and the Ethics of Biofiction in the ...

Author: Bethany Layne

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527555365

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

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The twelve essays collected in this work explore the afterlives of nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers in biographical fiction, or biofiction, and its sister genre, the biopic. The essays situate these genres in relation to their generic, cultural, and ideological contexts, and are organised into four groups. The first locates the origins of biofiction in the historical novel, and in Modernist experiments in life writing, while the second consists of case studies of biofiction about writers from the long nineteenth century: Charlotte Brontë, Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and Rupert Brooke. A guest essay by novelist Maggie Gee opens the third group, which analyses the fertile sub-genre of biographical novels about Woolf, while the fourth and final part of the book concerns the related genre of the biopic. The volume is comprised entirely of original commissions, whose authors include postgraduate students, practitioners and specialists in biographical writing. It will appeal to undergraduates and postgraduates on life writing and contemporary literature modules, as well as fans of the featured biographical novelists and their subjects.
Categories: Fiction

Ireland the Irish and the Rise of Biofiction

Ireland  the Irish  and the Rise of Biofiction

But I do believe that an accurate understanding of the history of biofiction and the way the literary form signifies would enable scholars to make noteworthy contributions to many fields of study through their analysis of specific ...

Author: Michael Lackey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501378485

Category: History

Page: 288

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Biofiction is literature that names its protagonist after an actual historical figure, and it has become a dominant literary form over the last 35 years. What has not yet been scholarly acknowledged or documented is that the Irish played a crucial role in the origins, evolution, rise, and now dominance of biofiction. Michael Lackey first examines the groundbreaking biofictions that Oscar Wilde and George Moore authored in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as the best biographical novels about Wilde (by Peter Ackroyd and Colm Tóibín). He then focuses on contemporary authors of biofiction (Sabina Murray, Graham Shelby, Anne Enright, and Mario Vargas Llosa, who Lackey has interviewed for this work) who use the lives of prominent Irish figures (Roger Casement and Eliza Lynch) to explore the challenges of seizing and securing a life-promoting form of agency within a colonial and patriarchal context. In conclusion, Lackey briefly analyzes biographical novels by Peter Carey and Mary Morrissy to illustrate why agency is of central importance for the Irish, and why that focus mandated the rise of the biographical novel, a literary form that mirrors the constructed Irish interior.
Categories: History

Biofictions

Biofictions

Biofiction and science fiction may not immediately appear to be productive partners , but it seems to me that in fact biographical material 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: 229

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A pioneering collection of articles on fictionalized biographies of the Romantics in contemporary fiction and drama.
Categories: Literary Collections

Biofictional Histories Mutations and Forms

Biofictional Histories  Mutations and Forms

As should be clear, with regard to biofiction, there are so many questions to answer. What developments in our theories of knowledge, fiction, and biography made the aesthetic form of biofiction possible? What is the relationship ...

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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Biofictions

Biofictions

Because of such malleability of science fiction, a designation of 'biofiction' is suggested to define a type of ... The intricacy of biofictions is in part enabled by their surpassing the exact determinants of genre categories.

Author: Lejla Kucukalic

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000441574

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 126

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Biofictions introduces three novel concepts: ‘biofiction,’ ‘bioimagination,’ and ‘biodiscourse’ to talk about intersections of literary and visual texts and biotechnology. The book proposes a new interdisciplinary area of research that correlates processes of genetics and literature, based on two critical approaches. One, drawing parallels between the genetic codes, human language, formal (binary) language, and posthuman communication and the role of meaning and imagination in these forms of communication. Two, by defining ‘biofictions’ as a critical scientific-artistic concept and as a corpus of texts that engage ideas and developments in molecular biology. Syncretic connection between biotechnology and literature is especially evident in an open science movement and the literary artistic genre of biopunk, discussed across chapters. The study includes well-known contemporary texts, such as David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, that are recontextualized as biofiction; it offers a rereading of important but neglected novels such as Thomas Disch’s Camp Concentration (1967); and it analyzes new visual texts such as the TV series Altered Carbon and Ghost in the Shell films. Based on these wide-ranging examples and new critical concepts, the book argues that coming up with possible alterations for the genetic code or intended traits for the organism is a discursive practice that brings into being bionarratives that are both organic and literary. Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
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

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
Categories: Literary Criticism

Present Pasts

Present Pasts

Both Livret de famille and De si braves garcons , which do tag their characters as both real and fictional for the yardstick reader , have biofictional elements but are not primarily biofictions , and there is no extended biographical ...

Author: Dervila Cooke

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042018844

Category: Literary Criticism

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 fromLa 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: Literary Criticism