Robinson, Jon (2008) The slippery truth of George Buchanan's autobiography. Sixteenth Century Journal, 39 (1). pp. 71-87. ISSN 0361-0160Full text not available from this repository.
Autobiography, a genre seemingly one-dimensional and priviledged concerning personal historical truth - though always viewed to some degree as selective - becomes plural and unstable when placed under close scrutiny and contextualized within the political stress of the historical moment of writing and the writer's personal pragmatic motives generated by the creation of text. On 23 August 1550, George Buchanan, after being held captive and interrogated for over a year by the Portugese Inquisition, placed before the inquisitors his confession and defense. This article analyzes Buchanan's eloquent letter alongside The Life of George Buchanan, written by himself (1580), the other major primary source of historical detail and facts concerning Buchanan's life, as well as the poems written by Buchanan when he was at the court of James V, to explore the pragmatic adoption of particular rhetorical strategies concerning his own personal history by the writer during different periods of his lifetime.
|Subjects:||R900 Others in European Languages, Literature and related subjects|
V100 History by period
|Divisions:||Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Arts|
|Depositing User:||EPrints Services|
|Date Deposited:||21 May 2010 13:00|
|Last Modified:||22 Feb 2013 10:08|
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