Advanced

Med livet som insats: Biografin som humanistisk genre

(2007)
Abstract
Life at Stake: The Biography as a Scholarly Genre



This book discusses the theories, methods and perspectives of the scholarly biography. The point of departure is the continuously growing interest in biography as a genre over the last decade in history, literature and other fields of the humanities.



In the first section of the anthology, “The Biographical Genre”, three articles highlight general tendencies and problems in biography writing. Adopting a historical perspective, the contributors discuss the relationship between various cultural and intellectual currents and changing practices and standings in the writing of biographies.



“The Biographical Gaze”, the second part of the... (More)
Life at Stake: The Biography as a Scholarly Genre



This book discusses the theories, methods and perspectives of the scholarly biography. The point of departure is the continuously growing interest in biography as a genre over the last decade in history, literature and other fields of the humanities.



In the first section of the anthology, “The Biographical Genre”, three articles highlight general tendencies and problems in biography writing. Adopting a historical perspective, the contributors discuss the relationship between various cultural and intellectual currents and changing practices and standings in the writing of biographies.



“The Biographical Gaze”, the second part of the book, is directed towards opportunities for and challenges to biography within four academic fields: history, literature, the history of ideas and archaeology. By focusing on the traditions of particular disciplines, the authors draw attention both to peculiarities in their own scholarly field and more wide-ranging issues in the writing of biographies.



The third part, “The Biographical Dialogue”, is dedicated to the interaction between the biographer and the object of the biography. The shifting feelings of frustration and pleasure in the encounter with another human being are a frequent theme in these articles, and also discussed are the need for ethical reflection, critical distance and power of insight.



The fourth and final section presents an overview of important biographies and scholarly biographical research.



The contributors to the anthology include: Yvonne Hirdman, Alf W Johansson, Kristina Josefson, Martin Kylhammar, Lisbeth Larsson, Ingmar Lundkvist, Birgitte Possing, Henrik Rosengren, Johan Svedjedal, Eva Helen Ulvros, Christina Carlsson Wetterberg and Johan Östling. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
organization
publishing date
type
Book/Report
publication status
published
subject
editor
Rosengren, Henrik LU and Östling, Johan LU
pages
190 pages
publisher
Sekel Bokförlag
ISBN
978-91-976529-1-9
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
d4be9c01-5f8c-4d26-8885-10a710f8bf88 (old id 607270)
date added to LUP
2007-11-19 11:44:11
date last changed
2016-09-12 09:20:16
@book{d4be9c01-5f8c-4d26-8885-10a710f8bf88,
  abstract     = {Life at Stake: The Biography as a Scholarly Genre <br/><br>
<br/><br>
This book discusses the theories, methods and perspectives of the scholarly biography. The point of departure is the continuously growing interest in biography as a genre over the last decade in history, literature and other fields of the humanities. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
In the first section of the anthology, “The Biographical Genre”, three articles highlight general tendencies and problems in biography writing. Adopting a historical perspective, the contributors discuss the relationship between various cultural and intellectual currents and changing practices and standings in the writing of biographies.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
“The Biographical Gaze”, the second part of the book, is directed towards opportunities for and challenges to biography within four academic fields: history, literature, the history of ideas and archaeology. By focusing on the traditions of particular disciplines, the authors draw attention both to peculiarities in their own scholarly field and more wide-ranging issues in the writing of biographies. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
The third part, “The Biographical Dialogue”, is dedicated to the interaction between the biographer and the object of the biography. The shifting feelings of frustration and pleasure in the encounter with another human being are a frequent theme in these articles, and also discussed are the need for ethical reflection, critical distance and power of insight. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
The fourth and final section presents an overview of important biographies and scholarly biographical research. <br/><br>
<br/><br>
The contributors to the anthology include: Yvonne Hirdman, Alf W Johansson, Kristina Josefson, Martin Kylhammar, Lisbeth Larsson, Ingmar Lundkvist, Birgitte Possing, Henrik Rosengren, Johan Svedjedal, Eva Helen Ulvros, Christina Carlsson Wetterberg and Johan Östling.},
  editor       = {Rosengren, Henrik and Östling, Johan},
  isbn         = {978-91-976529-1-9},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Book Editor},
  pages        = {190},
  publisher    = {Sekel Bokförlag},
  title        = {Med livet som insats: Biografin som humanistisk genre},
  year         = {2007},
}