Writing Lives in China, 1600-2010 : Histories of the Elusive Self

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Full title: Writing Lives in China, 1600-2010 : Histories of the Elusive Self / edited by Marjorie Dryburgh and Sarah Dauncey, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, UK.
Format: Book           

Summary: "This innovative collection explores life stories produced in China between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. These essays draw on biographical and autobiographical narratives of men and women, paragons and pariahs, taken from official histories, personal diaries, plays, fiction and blogs, and use perspectives taken from life writing theory to illuminate that work. Whereas many earlier studies have emphasised the social rules of life writing in China, and suggested that lives and selves were often obscured by the weight of convention, the work in this volume shows that the rules were often actively evaded or creatively exploited by biographers and autobiographers, and suggest that a critical understanding of those evasions and exploitations can better reveal lives that were lived and written both within and against the rules of the auto/biographical game. "--
Language: English
Published: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Classmark: CC808.5 /757657
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9781137368560 (hardback)
113736856X (hardback)