Memory and 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 involved in remembering and re-telling life stories from the past.
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 those who have been marginalised or neglected by history or in our contemporary world. Our work in this area has included writing the lives of figures as diverse as the Rossetti family, Franz Kafka, and the little-known nineteenth-century spiritualist Florence Marryat.
Our staff also have particular expertise in the literature of war. Current and future projects include a study of trauma narratives of World War I; of post-war practices of commemoration and reconciliation; and of the transnational 9/11 novel.