Men of Letters, Writing Lives

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Routledge, Jan 14, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
Trev Lynn Broughton takes an in-depth look at the developments within Victorian auto/biography, and asks what we can learn about the conditions and limits of male literary authority. Providing a feminist analysis of the effects of this literary production on culture, Broughton looks at the increase in professions with a vested interest in the written Life; the speeding up of the Life-and-Letters industry during this period; the institutionalization of Life-writing; and the consequent spread of a network of mainly male practitioners and commentators.
This study focuses on two case studies from the period 1880-1903: the theories and achievements of Sir Leslie Stephen and the debate surrounding James Anthony Froude's account of the marriage of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.
 

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Trev Broughton teaches in Women's Studies and Literature at the University of York, and specialises in auto/biography. She has edited, with Linda Anderson, Women's Lives/Women's Times: New Essays on Autobiography:with Joseph Bristow, The Infernal Desires of Angela Carter;and with Ruth Symes,The Governess: An Anthology.

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