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Biography and the Question of Literature in France$
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Ann Jefferson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.001.0001

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(p.387) Afterword
Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Ann Jefferson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The closing section of the book considers the temporality of biographical writing and suggests that far from being bound exclusively to retrospect, it constantly reveals a prospective impulse. This factor offers another explanation as to the performative capacity of biography to contest and transform definitions of the literary.

Keywords:   temporality, retrospect, prospective, biographical writing, definitions

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