Controlling Time and Shaping the Self: The Rise of Autobiographical Writing since 1750.

Rotterdam 15-17 June 2006

The aim of the conference is to look at the development of autobio­graphical writing during the last three centuries from new perspectives. Scholars from various fields will focus on new research questions like the relation between diary writing and the changing percep­tion of time and the rising popularity of memoirs with the increasing vogue for nostalgia. Other lectures will address the growing influence of publis­hing and commer­ciali­zation on the genre. In addition to well-known autobiographers also the broadening stream of lesser known writers will be discussed within an international framework. Besides the link with individualism, this conference will put new explanations to the fore including autobiographical writing as a form of control, and as a means to bridge ruptures in personal and public life.


14 January 2013