On not writing biography

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2009 Number 67

On not writing biography
Carolyn Steedman, pages -

Abstract

This article draws on the ledgers and notebooks of Frances Hamilton, an eighteenth century woman, property holder and intellectual whose wide-ranging reading, in particular about slavery, offers a way of reconstructing the materiality of mental life and its political implications. In her reflections on the challenges posed by her biographical research on Hamilton, Steedman questions the way in which historians generally suppress the affective nature of their own engagement with their subjects.

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Carolyn Steedman (2009) On not writing biography, New Formations, 2009(67), -

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