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En scène! The Biography as a visible loss

This article is based on the finding that it is unsustainable for the biographer to maintain a strict perception of historical accuracy. Two questions are discussed in more detail. Firstly, how does the biographer handle the realization that he never really grasps the historical truth, although his work is expected to indicate a true record of events based in verifiable facts? Secondly, to what extent should the biographer testify of that awareness in his work? This article advocates a biographical style that visibly incorporates in the text the restrictions that the biographer is confronted with. Special attention is paid to the writer’s biography.
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Keywords: life writing; literary discourse analysis; narrative strategies; writer’s biography

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: November 11, 2017

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  • Het tijdschrift Nederlandse Letterkunde is een wetenschappelijk, peer-reviewed tijdschrift voor de Nederlandstalige letterkunde. Het tijdschrift is een podium voor vakbeoefening in al haar vormen en facetten. De diverse bijdragen beslaan in hun totaliteit het gehele spectrum van Nederlandstalige letterkunde van de Middeleeuwen tot heden. Een jaargang Nederlandse Letterkunde telt drie afleveringen waarvan er steeds één aan een actueel thema gewijd wordt.

    The Dutch-language journal Nederlandse Letterkunde (Dutch Literature) is an academic peer-reviewed journal for Dutch literature. The various contributions cover the entire spectrum of Dutch literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Nederlandse Letterkunde publishes three issues a year of which one is devoted to a contemporary topic.
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