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TOWARDS BIOGRAPHY THEORY

Towards Biography Theory
Cercles, revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone n°35

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Abstract: These articles are intended as samples demonstrating the vivacity of research in the field of biography today. Their authors have all published books of international repute relative to the theory of biography. They are either historians or literary scholars, as are many of the academic writers who have defined biography as their object of research in recent years. The biographical turn, as we find convenient to call the renewed interest in biography and biographic approaches that has been taking place over the last decades, converging from several disciplines of the humanities, appears like a paradigmatic debate of sorts, that both calls for a new definition of biography in the larger sense of the term, and generates a theoretical demand.

Authors:

  • Joanny Moulin
  • François Dosse
  • Frédéric Regard
  • Robert Dion
  • Sabina Loriga
  • Ira Bruce Nadel
  • Martine Boyer-Weinmann
  • Melanie Nolan
  • Hans Renders

LIVES OF THE POETS: POETRY & BIOGRAPHY

EA 66_4Lives of the Poets: Poetry & Biography
Études anglaises, revue du monde anglophone 66.4 (2013)

Articles in English

Abstract : Starting from the remark that poetry and biography have simultaneously undergone a comparative decline during the last century, this article proposes to investigate some of the common causes of this double phenomenon in the history of literature. Apart from the often evoked ideological reasons sustaining a doctrine of literary theory that radically turned its back on the biographic approaches of the nineteenth century, this paper dwells at greater length on the fact that poets themselves have concurred to promote a dogma of impersonality, which has developed essentially in American and French academic criticism, and may well have severely uprooted poetry itself. The following diachronic study is an apology for reconsidering biographic approaches to poetry and literature as a means towards renewed exchanges between literary science and other scientific disciplines.

Authors:

  • Joanny Moulin
  • Carle Bonnafous-Murat
  • Laurent Folliot
  • Jeremy Elprin
  • Stéphanie Noirard
  • Marc Porée
  • Neil Roberts
  • Cyril Vettorato

CALL FOR PAPERS / APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS

LGFCALL FOR PAPERS / APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS

GREAT BIOGRAPHERS / GRANDS BIOGRAPHES

The Great Historical Figures in Art and Literature
Les grandes figures historiques dans les lettres et les arts
(ISSN 2261-0871)

GREAT BIOGRAPHERS

Considering biography as a genre demanding to be further studied in its own right, this journal issue will gather articles on remarkable biographers, who may be called “great” in the sense that their works constitute landmarks, or at least significant advancements in the history of biography. To steer clear of a timeworn debate, these papers will not pretend to decide whether biography belongs to literature or to history, or if it pertains to some other field of the humanities. They will simply consider biography per se, as a form of writing that has taken many different forms, but which does have a history as such, from the classic to the modern. In one sense, the very concept of “great biographers” points to that of a canon of biography, to which some obvious figures like Plutarch or Boswell, among many others, have an indisputable title to belong. A journal number on “Great Biographers” (necessarily without the article) can obviously not pretend to propose a Pantheon, but it could profitably concentrate on select examples of figures who stand out for the originality of their contributions to biography. These could also include, for instance, remarkable editors of biographical dictionaries, or filmmakers who have proposed innovative instances of biopic, or even “factographers” who have dared undertake “biographies of objects”, etc. This collection of articles should ideally reflect the proteiform variegatedness of biographical writing, thus contributing to interrogate fruitfully the very definition of biography as an object of research. In order to avoid any dispersion of purpose, biography is understood here as distinct from autobiography, which to all intents and purposes seems to go by very different generic principles.

The articles will be written either in English or in French. Abstracts, no longer than 500 words, should be sent before 31 December 2015 to Pr Joanny Moulin (LERMA EA 853, Aix-Marseille University) joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr & Pr. Hans Renders (Biography Institute, University of Groningen) j.w.renders@rug.nl

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GRANDS BIOGRAPHES

Considérant que la biographie demande à être étudiée plus avant en tant que genre littéraire, ce numéro de revue rassemblera des articles sur des biographes remarquables, ayant quelque titre à être appelés « grands biographes » dans la mesure où leurs œuvres constituent des jalons importants, ou à tout le moins des avancées significatives dans l’histoire de la biographie. Pour éviter un débat stérile, ces travaux laisseront la question de savoir si la biographie appartient à la littérature ou à l’histoire, ou si elle participe de quelque autre champ des humanités. Ils aborderont simplement la biographie en soi, comme une forme d’écriture qui a pris différentes formes, mais qui a aussi son histoire, de l’Antiquité à nos jours. En un sens, la notion même de « grands biographes » implique celle d’un canon de la biographie, auquel appartiennent indiscutablement certaines figures évidentes, comme Plutarque ou Boswell, parmi nombre d’autres. Toutefois, un numéro de revue ne saurait évidemment prétendre proposer un panthéon, mais il peut néanmoins se concentrer sur un nombre restreint de figures choisies, qui se distinguent par l’originalité de leurs contributions. Ce pourrait être également, par exemple, des éditeurs de dictionnaires biographiques, des réalisateurs de biopics innovants, ou bien encore certains de ces « factographes » qui ont osé proposer des biographies d’objets, etc. Ce recueil d’articles devrait idéalement refléter la variété protéiforme de l’écriture biographique, contribuant ainsi à interroger avec profit la définition même de la biographie comme objet de recherche. Pour éviter toute dispersion du propos, la biographie est comprise ici comme distincte de l’autobiographie, qui en tout état de cause semble obéir à des principes génériques différents.

Les articles seront rédigés en anglais ou en français. Les extraits, de moins de 500 mots, seront envoyés avant le 31 décembre 2015 au Pr Joanny Moulin (LERMA EA 853, Aix-Marseille University) joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr & au Pr. Hans Renders (Biography Institute, University of Groningen) j.w.renders@rug.nl.