Haunting Conversations

  • Jane McVeigh


This chapter considers three ways of looking at biographies as haunted narratives, as suggested by the work of Hermione Lee and Romantic biographer Richard Holmes. First, it is argued that biography can be understood as stories concerned with the ghosts that we find within narrative and in our reading, including the ghostly presence not only of the biographical subject but of the biographer him- or herself. Second, biographical narratives explore our inheritance and, in doing so, the narrator gives a voice and speech back to people from the past. The biography becomes an interview, a dialogic discourse outside time. Finally, this conversation is often associated with places, in particular houses and homes, visited by the haunting presence of the biographical subject and his or her biographer.


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  1. 1.Roehampton UniversityLondonUK

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