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Life Stories: Memoir, Mourning and Biography

Biographies are getting bigger and bigger, but are they getting better? Are we in danger of losing the old biographical faith that lives have a meaningful shape of their own rather than being mere successions of events? And can the act of writing still be a gesture of mourning? The writer Gabriel Josipovici will explore these issues with reference to A Life, his recent biography of his mother.

Gabriel Josipovici is a novelist, playwright, essayist, literary critic and historian, who taught for many years at the University of Sussex.

A series of lectures exploring the uses of biography
in the Conference Centre

What is the connection between living a life and recounting it? It has been argued that human existence itself is woven out of the stories we tell ourselves about our lives - but are stories the best ways of understanding human lives? What happens when philosophical analyses of existence and identity meet up with biographical narratives?

This lecture series presents a cast of philosophers, theorists and biographers who will take the opportunity to reflect on how far we can understand our lives in terms of life-stories.


Gabriel Josipovici | talks


Date and Time:

21 June 2004 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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