Trev Lynn Broughton takes an in-depth look at the developments within Victorian auto/biography, and asks what we can learn about the conditions and limits of male literary authority. Providing a feminist analysis of the effects of this literary production on culture, Broughton looks at the increase in professions with a vested interest in the written Life; the speeding up of the Life-and-Letters industry during this period; the institutionalization of Life-writing; and the consequent spread of a network of mainly male practitioners and commentators.
This study focuses on two case studies from the period 1880-1903: the theories and achievements of Sir Leslie Stephen and the debate surrounding James Anthony Froude's account of the marriage of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.
Trev Broughton teaches in Women's Studies and Literature at the University of York, and specialises in auto/biography. She has edited, with Linda Anderson, Women's Lives/Women's Times: New Essays on Autobiography:with Joseph Bristow, The Infernal Desires of Angela Carter;and with Ruth Symes,The Governess: An Anthology.