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

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Abstract

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

Conference

ConferenceThe Idea of a Life, 1500-1700
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period6/17/166/17/16

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Keywords

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

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Newcomb, L. H. (2016). “Hor nam is Frances”: A book collector writing her life. Paper presented at The Idea of a Life, 1500-1700, Oxford, United Kingdom.