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Theory of Biography
Key Texts and Commentary


This textbook is an anthology of the most important texts on the theory of biography. Groundbreaking, programmatic texts are presented in chronological order from the 18th to the 20th century, including contributions by Herder, Carlyle, Dilthey, Freud, Kracauer, Woolf, Foucault and Bourdieu. Each text is accompanied by a commentary which highlights the text's importance and situates it in the history and theory of biography.

This reader is an ideal textbook for seminars at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, while also offering literary scholars and historians a well-founded overview of the subject. In German.

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Theory of Biography
Key Texts and Commentary

Theorie der Biographie. Grundlagentexte und Kom- mentar. Ed. by Bernhard Fetz and Wilhelm Hemecker. Berlin,  New York 2011 (=De Gruyter Studium).