Ian H Magedera

Outsider Biographies

Savage, de Sade, Wainewright, Ned Kelly, Billy the Kid, Rimbaud and Genet: Base Crime and High Art in Biography and Bio-Fiction, 1744-2000

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    Auteur Ian H Magedera
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    Concerning itself with biography and bio-fiction written in English and in French and also taking in American and Australian subjects, Outsider Biographies focuses on writers who have a criminal record and on notorious criminals who authors of bio-fiction consider as writers. It pursues an understanding of the formal effects of life-writers’ struggles between championing their subjects and a deep ambivalence towards their subjects’ crimes. The book analyses the challenge that these literary outsiders present to the mainstream French- and English-language traditions where many biographers assign merit to productive lives well lived. The book’s approach illuminates both differences in those traditions from the mid-eighteenth, to the twenty-first century and a convergence between them, evident in the experimental-cum-fictional devices in recent English-language biography. Outsider Biographies advances wide-ranging new interpretations of the biographical writing on each of its seven subjects, but does so in a way that invites the reader picking up the book out of a passion for just one of those subjects, to follow the thread onto another and yet another.

    Contents Acknowledgements and Dedication Introduction: Outsider Biography: Definitions and Corpus Part One: Richard Savage 1698-1743 Chapter One: Partial Biographies by Samuel Johnson and Richard Holmes Part Two: Le Marquis De Sade 1740-1814 Chapter Two: De Sade According to Sainte-Beuve, Apollinaire, Lely and Lever Chapter Three: Barthes’ and Pauvert’s Questioning of De Sade Biography Part Three: Outlaws in Fictional Biography Chapter Four: An Outlaw in Fictional Biography: Andrew Motion’s Thomas Griffiths Wainewright 1794-1847 Chapter Five: An Outlaw in Fictional Biography: Peter Carey’s Ned Kelly 1855-1880 Chapter Six: An Outlaw in Fictional Biography: Michael Ondaatje’s Billy the Kid 1859-1881 Part Four: Arthur Rimbaud 1854-1891 Chapter Seven: ‘Family Biographies’ of Rimbaud, Followed by Scepticism and Anti-biography Chapter Eight: Arthur Rimbaud: Steinmetz’s Biography and Michon’s Biographical Fiction Part Five: Jean Genet 1910-1986 Chapter Nine: Jean Genet: Biography and Saint Genet Chapter Ten: Jean Genet: Biography after Saint Genet Conclusions: The Outsider’s Solitude Bibliography Index

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2014-09-15
    Nbr Pages Arabes 344
    Collection Textxet. Studies in Comparative Literature
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3875-2
    Type Nom