Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Autobiography
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A. Definition

Renaissance A., as a special form of biographical writing, shares with biography the fact that no specific type of text can be associated with it, nor can defining criteria for the genre be given. It is neither a legitimate nor a traditional textual genre, although autobiographical self-presentation has been found sporadically since Antiquity, e.g. the life story in Plato's fictional Apology of Socrates, Augustine's Confessiones and elements of Mechthild of Magdeburg's Das fließende Licht der Gottheit (13th cent.) [13.104–131]. Nevertheless, A. can claim …

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Kahle, Manuela (München), “Autobiography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004803>
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