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The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

A series of talks, workshops and conference highlights hosted by the OCLW based at Wolfson College. Life-writing encompasses everything from the complete life to the day-in-the-life, from the fictional to the factional. It embraces the lives of objects and institutions as well as the lives of individuals, families and groups. Life-writing includes autobiography, memoirs, letters, diaries, journals (written and documentary), anthropological data, oral testimony, and eye-witness accounts. It is not only a literary or historical specialism, but is relevant across the arts and sciences, and can involve philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, ethnographers and anthropologists. Wolfson College provides a natural home for OCLW. The college prides itself on an interdiscplinary approach to research, whilst drawing on equally strong research traditions in humanities and science.

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The Women who 'Meant to Do It': George Eliot and Celebrity Performance

Life-Writing and Female Celebrity, 4 Nov 2017 Keynote: Patricia Duncker

57mins

8 Jan 2018

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Life-writing and female celebrity - Panel 1

Women's Lives and Celebrity in the 18th Century (chair: Anna Senkiw) Ruth Scobie - Pre-Truth Media and the Female Imposter: The Case of ‘Elizabeth Harriet Grieve’

27mins

8 Jan 2018

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Life-Writing and Female Celebrity, 4 Nov 2017 Panel 2: Female Celebrity Performance across Media and Genres

Chaired by Sandra Mayer, with Mary Luckhurst, Oline Eaton and Hannah Yelin. Chaired by Sandra Mayer, with Mary Luckhurst - Staging Lives: Celebrity Actresses Playing Real-Life Celebrities, Oline Eaton - God Bless Jackie - The Only Thing that Can Make Us Forget the Bomb and Hannah Yelin - Celebrity Performativity and Cultural Value: Reading Grace Jones' I'll Never Write my Memoirs

1hr 11mins

8 Jan 2018

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Politics and Conflicts, Silence in the Archives Panel 2b

This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. This set of two lectures on 'Politics and Conflicts' were delivered as part of panel 2b. Chair: Rhea Sookdeosingh, St Cross College, Oxford. Speakers: Helen Mathers, The Open University, ‘Self-Censorship: Josephine Butler’s Attitudes to Biography and Autobiography’ and Stephenie Woolterton, Independent Scholar, ‘”I shall burn all…”: The mysterious link between Elizabeth Williams and Lady Hester Stanhope’.

45mins

14 Jun 2016

Rank #4

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Theatre and Performance, Silence in the Archives Panel 2a

This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Chair: Luisa Calè, Birkbeck, University of London, Speaker: Kate Newey, University of Exeter, ‘Self-Censorship and Getting Lost: Fanny Kemble and Constance Beerbohm in the Archives’.

22mins

14 Jun 2016

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Expressing the Private Self - Silence in the Archives conference Panel 3a

This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. This set of three lectures on ‘Expressing the Private Self ’, were delivered as part of Panel 3a. Speakers: Kathryn Gleadle, Mansfield College, Oxford ‘‘‘Ducky Darlings” and Rotten Eggs: Subversion and Silence in the Juvenile Diaries of Eva Knatchbull-Hugessen’, Rhea Sookdeosingh, St Cross College, Oxford ‘Anorexia Nervosa and Women’s Life-Writing in Nineteenth Century Britain’ Lucy Ella Hawkins: University of Surrey ‘The Unpublished Diaries of Mary Seton Watts: Struggles, Subtexts and Silences’. The chair was Lorraine Paterson, Wolfson College, Oxford.

58mins

17 Feb 2016

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Silencing Poetic Voices, Silence in the Archives Panel 1b

This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. This set of three lectures on ‘Silencing Poetic Voices’, were delivered as part of panel 1b. The talks were; Elaine Bailey, University of Ottawa ‘“Within the Heart that You So Quiet Deem”: Recovering the Outspoken Matilda Betham’, Jordan Lavers, The University of Western Australia ‘Re-Assessing the Epistolary Network of “Sappho der Romantik”: Feminist Archival Approaches to Letters by the Romantic Poet Karoline von Gunderrode’, Mary Breen, University College, Cork ‘“The Trifling Adventures of a gay life”: The Hidden World of Mary Tighe 1772 – 1810’.

1hr 5mins

17 Feb 2016

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Representation, Reputation and Manipulation - Silence in the Archives Panel 1a

This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. This set of three lectures on ‘Representation, Reputation and Manipulation', were delivered as part of Panel 1a. The speakers were (in order) Chair: Susan Civale. Speakers: Catherine Delafield, Sonia De Loreto and Baptiste Moniez.

1hr 5mins

17 Feb 2016

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Censorship and Self-censorship: Revisiting the Belt Case in the Making of Dora Montefiore (1851-1933) Silence in the Archives Conference Keynote Address

Keynote lecture at the Silence in the Archives conference, held at Wolfson College on 7th November 2015.The speaker is Karen Hunt, University of Keele (LWA). Chaired by Kathryn Gleadle, Mansfield College, Oxford.

49mins

17 Feb 2016

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Male memory, female subject: the case of Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft Silence in the Archives Conference Keynote Address

Keynote talk for the Silence in the Archives conference, held at Wolfson College on 7th November 2015, with Janet Todd, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

46mins

17 Feb 2016

Rank #10