Life Writing

Other people, other lives

So much more than the recording of an individual existence, Life Writing is a crucial genre for exploring the interconnection of public and private experience, and for negotiating the ethics and power relations of telling life stories.

Our staff are actively engaged in writing biographies and life narratives, rewriting the stories of well known figures and helping to give a voice to marginalised and neglected figures from history and from the contemporary world. Our work in this area has included writing the lives of figures as diverse as the Rossetti family and Franz Kafka, and future projects will explore the life of the spiritualist Florence Marryat and the biographies of women ambulance drivers in the First World War.

Academic staff with related research interests