Betraying Our Selves: Forms of Self-Representation in Early Modern English Texts

Hardcover | September 2, 2000

EditorHenk Dragstra

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This is a lively study of the autobiographical instinct in a variety of 16th and 17th century modes of writing in English, from letters and memoirs to pastoral, polemic and street ballads. The book's central concern is how "selves" are "betrayed" in texts, particularly in the centuries before the autobiography was a recognized genre. It suggests that self-representation in the early modern period was often indirect, emerging in oblique and surprising ways.

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This is a lively study of the autobiographical instinct in a variety of 16th and 17th century modes of writing in English, from letters and memoirs to pastoral, polemic and street ballads. The book's central concern is how "selves" are "betrayed" in texts, particularly in the centuries before the autobiography was a recognized genre. I...

Henk Dragstra teaches English Literature, Sheila Ottway recently gained her PhD, and Helen Wilcox is Professor of English Literature, all at the Univerisity of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 8.88 × 6.36 × 0.8 inPublished:September 2, 2000Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312231490

ISBN - 13:9780312231491

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Table of Contents

Literary Self-Consciousness in Gower's Confessio Amantis --Simon Meecham-Jones * The Construction of an Author--Harald Hendrix * The Vocacyon of Johan Bale : Protestant Rhetoric and the Self--Peter Happé * Self-Representation in 16th Century Verse Miscellanies--Elizabeth Heale * Autobiographical Narratives in the Work of Lady Mary Wroth--Marion Wynne-Davies * Bacon's Uses of Self-Representation--W. A. Sessions * Text and Materiality in 17th Century Englishwomen's Autobiographical Writings--Helen Wilcox * The Two Pilgrimages of the Laureate of Ashover, Leonard Wheatcroft--Cedric C. Brown * Public and Private Selfhood in the Autobiographies of Anne, Lady Halkett and Colonel Joseph Bampfield--Sheila Ottway * The Diametric Lives of Lady Rich--Ramona Wray * Semi-Oral Autobiography in 17th Century Broadside Ballads--Henk Dragstra * Insanity, Language and Self in Early Modern Autobiographical Pamphlets--Allan Ingram * The Sufferings of the Self in Autobiographical Tradition--Elspeth Graham