Betraying Our Selves

Forms of Self-Representation in Early Modern English Texts

  • Henk Dragstra
  • Sheila Ottway
  • Helen Wilcox

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Henk Dragstra, Sheila Ottway, Helen Wilcox
    Pages 1-13
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 215-226

About this book


This is a lively study of the autobiographical instinct in a variety of 16th and 17th century modes of writing in English, from letters and memoirs to pastoral, polemic and street ballads. The book's central concern is how "selves" are "betrayed" in texts, particularly in the centuries before the autobiography was a recognized genre. It suggests that self-representation in the early modern period was often indirect, emerging in oblique and surprising ways.

Editors and affiliations

  • Henk Dragstra
    • 1
  • Sheila Ottway
    • 1
  • Helen Wilcox
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-62849-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-62847-6
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