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What is Life-Writing?

Life-writing involves, and goes beyond, biography. It encompasses everything from the complete life to the day-in-the-life, from the fictional to the factional. It embraces the lives of objects and institutions as well as the lives of individuals, families and groups.

Life-writing includes autobiography, memoirs, letters, diaries, journals (written and documentary), anthropological data, oral testimony, and eye-witness accounts. It is not only a literary or historical specialism, but is relevant across the arts and sciences, and can involve philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, ethnographers and anthropologists.

Recent areas of interest in life-writing studies include the relation of biography to scientific discovery. Life-writing is also an integral part of studies relating to the Holocaust, genocide, testimony and confession, and gender and apartheid.

We’d really be interested in your thoughts: how would you define life-writing? Which recent trends in the discipline particularly fascinate you? What would you like to see taking place in a Life-Writing Centre? Please do visit our website, and join the conversation.

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I am glad to see the Oxford Life Writing Centre ask this question, and specifically not just think about classic biography. I would like to suggest that auto/biographical comics are a major area to think about. My own work deals with automedia in addition to other contemporary forms of life writing including and beyond the codex. I am in the UK next year on sabbatical and would participate in a conversation about life writing with you, if you would like.

Regards, Julie Rak, University of Alberta

Dear Julie, Thank you for your comment, and yes, we think that auto/biographical comics are a very interesting form of life writing. Please do email us at [email protected]

It is really gratifying that life writing is finally getting recognition as a rich source of knowledge for a variety of disciplines – literary, historical, anthropological, ideological, etc. Way back in the early 1980s, when I completed my PhD research in the Literature Department, School of Comparative Studies, University of Essex, on the early black autobiographies in South Africa, it took many months to assemble a team of Professors with research interest in the area to conduct my defence. Eventually, the work was published under the title, “Autobiography as Social History: Apartheid and the Rise of the Black Autobiography Tradition in South Africa”.
Since then, I have really developed interest in life writing and all its sub-categories and have attempted researches into different aspects of formal subjectivity expressions, especially in societies that had not been covered before, like the mid-17th Century Hausaland and beyond, in Africa.
I really feel happy for the operations of the Oxford Centre for Life Writing and pray that it will spread its research focus to cover all parts of the world.
Best regards.

Before I stumbled on this site, I did not realize there was a scholarly field called “life writing.” Perhaps I am like Moliere’s character who had been speaking prose for forty years without knowing it, for I have been keeping a daily diary since August 1969. In the past few years I have published about a million and a half words from my diary entries (currently up to early 1982) online at a website called Thought Catalog.

I do wonder about the value of diaries from my own experience. Although I enjoy publishing my diary entries, I don’t think they have any literary value and am not certain what value they have at all for anyone other than myself. I have heard from a few readers over the years who say that they were interested in specific aspects of my diaries — attitudes toward homosexuality, the doings of a father (an African-American activist with the Black Panthers who never spoke of his past), how younger people tried to break into writing fiction in New York City in earlier decades, an account of a political meeting of Democrats who wanted to dump Jimmy Carter from the 1980 ticket that apparently has no other source) — I question the use of diaries for others besides the diarist even as I keep putting my diaries online, where I am grateful they are, like most Internet material, hiding in plain sight.

Continued thanks to the OCLW for providing rich resources and discussion about life writing! My coauthor and I recently wrote a book about the question, (what is life writing?), in the context of qualitative inquiry and education:

Mulvihill, T. & Swaminathan, R. (April 2017). Critical Approaches to Life Writing Methods In Qualitative Research. Routledge Press

This is really interesting! I have been in the publishing industry for over three decades and although I have had engaging involvements in biographies and have even written a couple, I never came across anything like Life Writing until I enrolled for a masters degree in English at Bayero University and it was one of the available courses! I became drawn to it, naturally even though quite a few of my course mates have chosen to avoid it. I am already thinking of making it an area of specialisation…!

My coauthor and I recently wrote a book about the question, (what is life writing?), in the context of qualitative inquiry and education:

Mulvihill, T. & Swaminathan, R. (April 2017). Critical Approaches to Life Writing Methods In Qualitative Research. Routledge Press

Continued thanks to the OCLW for providing rich resources and discussion about life writing!

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The field of poetry, of creative writing in general, even art in general, is composed of misreadings.

There is greater tolerance for diversity in creative writing as license is given for literary purposes.

Is the study of rhetoric something to be relegated to the realm of history, or to lend a grand name to courses on creative writing?

This in turn opened up a space for an industry of howto-write manuals and correspondence courses in journalism and creative writing.

The experience was likely to be both exhilarating and destabilizing, a mood often communicated in creative writing of the period.

The author’s awareness of these paradoxes leads to a critical text which functions as the ethical supplement to her creative writing.

It also occurred to me that creative writing was not only a matter of a language skill but also something explosive inside a writer crying for deliverance.

The entries for authors are deficient with regard to the younger ones, and yet the editor points to an encouraging growth in creative writing among young, even very young, authors.

Creative writing proved to be a more productive area than we had imagined, and this was eventually reflected in the full exercise.

I suspect many other readers will be uncomfortable with this mixture of creative writing and social science because one is never clear of the separation between the two.

Creative writing is not a business venture; hence, a writer with a mission is not expected to see it as a profitmaking venture or the road to riches.

So for highly functional texts such as encyclopaedias or system documentation, hypertext may be a boon, but as a medium for creative writing it is to say the least unproven.

Örneklerdeki görüşler Cambridge Dictionary’nin editörlerinin, Cambridge University Press’in ya da lisans sağlayıcılarıın görüşlerini temsil etmez.