“Hor nam is Frances”: A book collector writing her life

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The notes Frances Wolfreston left in her almanacs constitute emergent life-writing: they are clearly specific, personal, and written as a record. Their relationship to Wolfreston’s other book inscriptions might bring the latter, too, into the remit of life writing. In the distinct practices of her almanac notes and her book inscriptions, Wolfreston makes use of paratext with a deliberation that suggests that printedness itself may spur readers to write some version of a self, hacking mise-en-page to generate a structure for a life.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2016
EventThe Idea of a Life, 1500-1700 - Centre for Early Modern Studies, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 17 2016Jun 17 2016


ConferenceThe Idea of a Life, 1500-1700
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • England
  • Seventeenth-century
  • Woman writer
  • Book history


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