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


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.


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


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.


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