Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction by Laura Marcus

Autobiography is one of the most popular of written forms. From Casanova to Benjamin Franklin to the Kardashians, individuals throughout history have recorded their own lives and experiences. These personal writings are central to the work of literary critics, philosophers, historians and psychologists, who have found in autobiographies from across the centuries not only an understanding of the ways in which lives have been lived, but the most fundamental accounts of
what it means to be a self in the world.

In this Very Short Introduction Laura Marcus defines what we mean by 'autobiography', and considers its relationship with similar literary forms such as memoirs, journals, letters, diaries, and essays. Analysing the core themes in autobiographical writing, such as confession, conversion and testimony; romanticism and the journeying self; Marcus discusses the autobiographical consciousness (and the roles played by time, memory and identity), and considers the relationship between
psychoanalysis and autobiography. Exploring the themes of self-portraiture and performance, Marcus also discusses the ways in which fiction and autobiography have shaped each other.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Buy Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction by Laura Marcus from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780199669240
ISBN-10: 0199669244
Format: Paperback / softback
(176mm x 112mm x 9mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction by Laura Marcus

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction book by Laura Marcus and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


Author Biography - Laura Marcus

Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College at Oxford. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy. Marcus has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and culture, with books on autobiography, Virginia Woolf, modernist writing and literature and film. Her publications in the field of life-writing include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (Manchester Univerity Press, 1994), and numerous essays on autobiography and biography.

Books By Laura Marcus

Auto/Biographical Discourses by Laura Marcus
Paperback / softback, November 1998
$38.69 $42.99
Tenth Muse by Laura Marcus
Hardback, December 2007
$132.26 $146.95
Dreams of Modernity by Laura Marcus
Hardback, November 2014
$102.56 $113.95