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Great Biographers/Grands Biographes

We are very happy to announce the publication of part one of “Great Biographers” in the e-journal Les Grandes Figures historiques dans la littérature et les arts (N°6 2017)

The publication of part two (N°6 bis 2017) is scheduled for October 2017.


Greats Biographers/ Grands biographes


Editors: Joanny Moulin & Hans Renders

Joanny Moulin (Aix Marseille univ, LERMA, Aix-en-Provence, Biography Society)

Hans Renders (Groningen University,Faculty of Arts, Biography Institute, History Department)



Tobias Heinrich (New College, University of Oxford), “Friedrich Schlichtegroll’s Nekrolog. Enlightenment Biography”

Nikol Dziub (Université de Haute-Alsace), “Washington Irving biographe, ou la fabrique des mythes américains”

Damien Fortin (Université de Lorraine), “Eloge et élégie. La critique biographique de Sainte Beuve

Christopher Griffin (Institut Catholique de Rennes), “‘I should like to see our young officers read all your volumes’: Theodore Ayrault Dodge and American Military Biography”

Joanny Moulin (Aix Marseille univ, LERMA, Aix-en-Provence), “André Maurois, or the Aesthetic Advantage of Biography over the Novel”

Journal website: Les Grandes Figures historiques dans les lettres et les arts (Université Lille 3)

Hans Renders on Life-Writing: Interview for Journal of Life-Writing Studies – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Journal of Life-Writing Studies – Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No.6, Spring 2016.


“Hans Renders presents a new look in the area of Life Writing Studies in China. In the Chinese academia, there have been few scholarships on European life studies; there have been unproportionate historians among the practitioners, a body that is built up mostly by literary scholars. For both reasons Professor Hans Renders’s view on biography and the development of life writing studies in Holland is valuable to the Chinese scholars. Our email interview with Hans Renders took place in October, 2015…”

View full article (redirecting to Biography Institute’s website): http://www.rug.nl/research/biografie-instituut/interview-journal-of-modern-life-writing-studies.pdf


Hans Renders is Professor in History and Theory of biography and is Director of the Biography Institute, both at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He was a member of the founding committee of Biographers International Organization (bio). He wrote two biographies, about the Dutch poet Jan Hanlo (1998) and the Dutch journalist and author Jan Campert (2004). He is editor of the Biographical Studies series and the editor in chief of a series of edited reprints of Dutch and foreign biographies. He has published studies on the theme of biography in various international journals, among them Journal of Historical Biography, Le Temps des Medias and Storia della Storiografia, and is a member of the board of Quaerendo, a journal devoted to manuscripts and printed books. He published with Binne de Haan the edited volume Theoretical Discussions of Biography: Approaches from History, Microhistory, and Life Writing (2014). He is co-founder and Vice-president of the Société de Biographie/Biography Society, and a member of the jury for the American biography prize, the Plutarch Award (source: Journal of Life-Writing Studies).