A History of Irish Autobiography

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A History of Irish Autobiography is the first critical survey of autobiographical self-representation in Ireland from its recoverable beginnings to the twenty-first century. The book draws on a wealth of original scholarship by leading experts to provide an authoritative examination of life-writing in the English and Irish languages. Beginning with a comprehensive overview of autobiography theory and criticism in Ireland, this History guides the reader through seventeen centuries of Irish achievement in autobiography, a category that incorporates diverse literary forms, from religious tracts and travelogues to memoirs, diaries and digital narratives. Chapters are structured around key subgenres, themes, texts and practitioners, and each features a guide to recommended further reading. The volume’s extensive coverage is complemented by a chronology of Irish autobiographical writing from the fifth century to the contemporary era, the first of its kind to be published.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Commissioning bodyCambridge University Press
Number of pages434
ISBN (Electronic)9781108548458
ISBN (Print)9781107131446
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Irish autobiography


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