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Autobiographical Writing and British Literature 1783-1834$
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James Treadwell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262977.001.0001

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Elia

Elia

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(p.209) 8 Elia
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Autobiographical Writing and British Literature 1783-1834
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James Treadwell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262977.003.0008

Lamb's Elia essays are not usually read under the sign of autobiography. However, now that a proper understanding of Romantic autobiography has been established and the central significance of self-writing's transactions with the literary public sphere have been demonstrated, the essays can be seen as an exemplary case of the production of a written subjectivity within the governing conditions of the genre at the time. Elian irony captures self-writing engaged with the ambivalences and uncertainties of publication.

Keywords:   Lamb, irony, subjectivity, Romantic autobigraphy

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