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The Rise and Fall of the Written Self


 

Prof Jürgen Schlaeger

 

The book project is part of Humboldt-Universität’s ‚Zukunftskonzept’ and is designed to reconstruct the main forces and parameters in the development of life-writing in English culture from the late 15th to the 21st centuries. Based on a broad range of sources from libraries in Oxford, Cambridge and London the book will analyse the most significant changes in expressing and constructing selves and then use the evidence to re-examine the validity of the ‘individualization postulate’ that is central to so many studies of the Western style modernization processes.