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Julia Novak and Caitríona Ní Dhúill (eds.), Imagining Gender in Biographical Fiction




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Taking its cue from Judith Butler’s definition of gender as ‘a practice of improvisation within a scene of constraint’ (2), this volume of essays sets out to explore biographical fiction’s innovations in gender, and also in genre. Deliberately avoiding ‘grand theor[ies]’ (3), the editors offer an understanding of genre as historically situated and in constant flux; like existing tropes of gender, concepts of genre are seen as available to biofiction’s rewritings.

Author Biography

Bethany Layne, De Montfort University Leicester

Bethany Layne is the author of Henry James in Contemporary Fiction (2020) and the editor of Biofiction and Writers’ Afterlives (2020). Her recent work on biofiction and adaptation has appeared in forums such as European Journal of Life Writing, Journal of Popular Film and Television and The Conversation. Layne’s current project is a monograph for Bloomsbury titled Biopics of the House of Windsor: Crisis and Rehabilitation.





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