Early Modern English Lives: Autobiography and Self-representation, 1500-1660

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2007 - Literary Criticism - 241 pages
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Early Modern English Lives examines sixteenth- and seventeenth-century autobiographical practices in key contexts and modes of self-representation. Moving between diaries, letters, journals, memoirs, household and personal accounts, and major autobiographical texts, the study explores the social and historical conditions that shaped early modern life-writing. The authors argue that expressions of personal identity, along with the notion of privacy itself, involved an elaborate interplay of generic roles and cultural discourses.
  

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Contents

A Life in Time
15
Time Death and Memorialization
39
Travelling Selves
61
Language and the Mirror
97
The Expedition to Cadiz 1625
125
The Civil War
147
Autobiographical Writings by Three Early
163
Womens Wills
203
Bibliography
219
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