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Biography and History


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Looking at the complex relationship between the discipline of history and the writing of lives, this key textbook provides an original and insightful introduction to a growing and increasingly important area of historical scholarship and research. Examining key works that have changed the nature of biography, Barbara Caine also explores the way biographical narrative and life stories have become a central preoccupation for history. Outlining the main features of contemporary historical biography, this is an ideal companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on Historiography, Theory and History, Theory and Methods, Historical Methodology, History and Life/Biographical/Autobiographical Writing, and Life-Writing courses on English or Creative Writing degrees.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.- Historians and the Question of Biography.- A History of Biography.- Collective Biography.- Auto/biography and Life Writing.- Interpreting and Constructing Lives.- Changing Biographical Practices- Conclusion.- Glossary.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index

About the Author

Barbara Caine is Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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