African Biography and Historiography

Hughes, Heather (2018) African Biography and Historiography. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Oxford. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Biography in the African context can take many forms, from brief entries in a biographical dictionary or obituary in a newspaper to multi-volume studies of single individuals. It can encompass one or many subjects and serves both to celebrate the famous and illuminate obscure lives. Biographies can be instructional as well as inspirational. Sometimes, it is hard to draw a line between biography and autobiography because of the way a work has been compiled. An attempt is made to understand this vast range of forms, with reference to social and political biography. The main focus is on work produced since the 1970s, with examples drawn from all regions of sub-Saharan Africa (although Southern Africa is better represented than others, as is English-medium material). Matters that preoccupy biographers everywhere, such as the relationship between writer and subject and the larger relationship between biography and history, are raised. Biography can be an excellent entry point into the complexities of African history.

Keywords:Biography, Life history
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V250 African History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:34141
Deposited On:14 Nov 2018 11:00

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