Masculinity and Literary Autobiography

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  MEN OF LETTERS, WRITING LIVES In this fascinating new study Trev Broughton explores developments withinVictorian auto/biography and asks what they can teach us about theconditions and limits of male literary authority. She focuses on two casestudies from the period 1880–1903:ãthe auto/biographical theories and achievements of Sir Leslie Stephen,one of the century’s most revered exponents of the written life; andãthe debate surrounding James Anthony Froude’s account of themarriage of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.The author examines the proliferation of the professions with a vestedinterest in the ‘written life’; the speeding-up and institutionalization of theLife-and-Letters industry; and the consequent spread of a network of mainly male practitioners and commentators. She argues that theseelements all contributed to a new ‘auto/biographical’ subjectivity. Men of Letters, Writing Lives  will be of great interest to students andscholars of literature, cultural history, gender, and auto/biography. Trev Broughton  teaches Women’s Studies and Literature at theUniversity of York, specialising in auto/biography. Her previouspublications include Women’s Lives/Women’s Times: New Essays on Auto/ Biography  (edited with Linda Anderson) (1997) and The Infernal Desires of Angela Carter  (edited with Joseph Bristow) (1997).  MEN OF LETTERS,WRITING LIVES Masculinity and Literary Auto/ Biography in the Late VictorianPeriod Trev Lynn Broughton London and New York  First published 1999by Routledge11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EEThis edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2005.“To purchase your own copy of this or any of Taylor & Francis or Routledge’scollection of thousands of eBooks please go to”Simultaneously published in the USA and Canadaby Routledge29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001© 1999 Trev Lynn BroughtonAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilizedin any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known orhereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any informationstorage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Broughton, Trev Lynn, 1959–Men of Letters, Writing Lives: masculinity and literary auto/biography inthe late Victorian period. Includes bibliographical references and index.1. English prose literature—19th century—History and criticism. 2. Menauthors, English—19th century—Biography—History and criticism. 3.English prose literature—Men authors—History and criticism. 4. GreatBritain—History—Victoria, 1837–1901—Historiography. 5. Stephen, Leslie,Sir, 1832–1904. 6. Froude, James Anthony, 1818–1894. 7. Biography as aliterary form. 8. Masculinity in literature. 9. Autobiography.PR788.B56B76 1999 98–30505820.9'492–dc21 CIPISBN 0-203-16841-0 Master e-book ISBNISBN 0-203-26361-8 (Adobe eReader Format)ISBN 0-415-08211-0 (hbk)ISBN 0-415-08212-9 (pbk)

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