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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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Afterword

Afterword

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Biography and the Question of Literature in France
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Ann Jefferson (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.003.0021

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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