Different Lives: Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies

Hans Renders (Editor), David Veltman (Editor)

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    Internationally acclaimed biographies are almost always written by British or American biographers. But what is the state of the art of biography in other parts of the world? Introduced by Richard Holmes, the volume Different Lives offers a global perspective: seventeen scholars vividly describe the biographical tradition in their countries of interest. They show how biography functions as a public genre, featuring specific societal issues and opinion-making. Indeed, the volume aims to answer the question: how can biography contribute to a better understanding of differences between societies and cultures? Special attention is given to the US, China and the Netherlands. Other contributions are on Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Iceland, Iran, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and South Africa.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages278
    ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-42812-6
    ISBN (Print)978-90-04-43497-4
    Publication statusPublished - 11-Jun-2020

    Publication series

    NameBiography Studies

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