Biofiction

Biofiction

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 ...

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

Biofiction and Writers Afterlives

Biofiction and Writers    Afterlives

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.

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

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: 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

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 Criticism

Page: 229

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

Ireland the Irish and the Rise of Biofiction

Ireland  the Irish  and the Rise 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).

Author: Michael Lackey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501378492

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 343

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

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

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

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.
Categories: Literary Criticism