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|Postdoctoral Fellowships in den Geisteswissenschaften an Universitäten und Forschungsinstituten in Deutschland und den USA
|Postdoctoral Fellowships in den Geisteswissenschaften an Universitäten und Forschungsinstituten in Deutschland
"The Invention of Memoirs in Renaissance France" examines the emergence of memoirs in sixteenth-century France. Renaissance autobiographical works have always been studied in light of Jacob Burckardt's theory that Renaissance culture was the site of the birth of the modern individual. Leading scholars of the memoir genre consider them the starting point of the history of literary autobiography that led to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions. So far, my research has shown that the majority of Renaissance autobiographical works were created by multiple authors, often rewritten, edited and completed after the nominal author's death by family heirs and professional printers specializing in editing Memoirs and first-person chronicles. The rhetorical category of the eyewitness testimony proved to be a fruitful angle of research for the study of Memoirs and other autobiographical works during the Renaissance. In this project, I expand the objects of my research and examine the links between Renaissance memoirs and other life-writings that could be qualified as autobiography, in the widest sense possible: historical commentaries, first-person chronicles, books of reason and journals. This research is limited to printed French texts of the Renaissance. It aims to publish a book on Renaissance autobiography that comprises both literary autobiographies (Memoirs and Lives) and ordinary life-writings (books of reasons, for instance).