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This project charts the development of autobiography as a genre through two pairs of writers: Benjamin Franklin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau of the Enlightenment, and Oscar Wilde and James Weldon Johnson

This project charts the development of autobiography as a genre through two pairs of writers: Benjamin Franklin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau of the Enlightenment, and Oscar Wilde and James Weldon Johnson of the fin de siècle, leading into the twentieth century. The Enlightenment thinkers took an Augustinian confessional approach to the autobiography as a genre, revealing their flawed selves to the public in order to make themselves both authentic and virtuous.

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  • 2015-05
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