Amber Regis :: "Looking Glasses At Odd Corners"

Life-writing, literature, popular culture.

Review Essay on Victorian Life-Writing (JVC 17.1)

A quick post to announce the publication of my review essay on recent studies of Victorian life-writing in the Journal of Victorian Culture.

I was asked to review Max Saunders’ Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature (Oxford: OUP, 2010) and Juliette Atkinson’s Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century ‘Hidden’ Lives (Oxford: OUP, 2010).

Both are ambitious and important studies. They help to redress a long-standing critical tradition that ‘jumps over’ the nineteenth century when constructing an account of innovation, dismissing the Victorian period as a time of reactionary conservatism in the writing of lives. These works are highly recommended!

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This entry was posted on April 7, 2012 by in autobiography, biography, Journal of Victorian Culture, publication, review.

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