Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Marketing the Author: Authorial Personae, Narrative Selves and Self-Fashioning, 1880-1930 (review)

Marketing the Author: Authorial Personae, Narrative Selves and Self-Fashioning, 1880-1930 (review) 05-Reviews 12/5/05 9:33 AM Page 688 688 Biography 28.4 (Fall 2005) Marysa Demoor, ed. Marketing the Author: Authorial Personae, Narrative Selves and Self-Fashioning, 1880–1930. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 239 pp. ISBN 1-403-93329-4, $65.00. Marketing the Author brings together a collection of essays that explore the role of the author as agent in creating his or her own literary personae. Through the lens of biography the ten contributors attempt to historicize Michel Foucault’s provocative question: “What is an Author?” The answer, according to Marysa Demoor’s “Introduction,” can be found in the late nineteenth century, when the status of the author began to shift to accom- modate changes in the literary marketplace. The collection makes two significant contributions to the study of intel- lectual biography. First, it problematizes gender in the creation of both pub- lic and private identities. Second, it seeks to redefine the modernist moment by comparing the lived experience of canonical and non-canonical writers. Stephen Greenblatt’s highly influential Renaissance Self-Fashioning (Chicago, 1980) inspires the new historicist approach of this collection. His concept of “self-fashioning” directly informs many of the authors in this collection, who essentially apply his Renaissance formulation to the modern period. Within this framework the book http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Marketing the Author: Authorial Personae, Narrative Selves and Self-Fashioning, 1880-1930 (review)

Biography , Volume 28 (4) – Jan 9, 2006

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-hawai-i-press/marketing-the-author-authorial-personae-narrative-selves-and-self-zwcIWtInlU
Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Biographical Research Center.
ISSN
0162-4962
eISSN
1529-1456

Abstract

05-Reviews 12/5/05 9:33 AM Page 688 688 Biography 28.4 (Fall 2005) Marysa Demoor, ed. Marketing the Author: Authorial Personae, Narrative Selves and Self-Fashioning, 1880–1930. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 239 pp. ISBN 1-403-93329-4, $65.00. Marketing the Author brings together a collection of essays that explore the role of the author as agent in creating his or her own literary personae. Through the lens of biography the ten contributors attempt to historicize Michel Foucault’s provocative question: “What is an Author?” The answer, according to Marysa Demoor’s “Introduction,” can be found in the late nineteenth century, when the status of the author began to shift to accom- modate changes in the literary marketplace. The collection makes two significant contributions to the study of intel- lectual biography. First, it problematizes gender in the creation of both pub- lic and private identities. Second, it seeks to redefine the modernist moment by comparing the lived experience of canonical and non-canonical writers. Stephen Greenblatt’s highly influential Renaissance Self-Fashioning (Chicago, 1980) inspires the new historicist approach of this collection. His concept of “self-fashioning” directly informs many of the authors in this collection, who essentially apply his Renaissance formulation to the modern period. Within this framework the book

Journal

BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 9, 2006

There are no references for this article.