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Carrie Hintz works in 17th- and 18th- Century literature, life writing, utopian studies and children’s literature. She is currently at work on a monograph entitled Two Part Invention: 450 Years of Spousal and Partner Biography. In this book, she considers the rhetoric, craft and ethics of writers who have husbands, wives or partners as their biographical subjects. Spousal biography from the early modern period forward conflates the public and private and mixes domestic detail with political argumentation. Two Part Invention goes on to look at a radical tradition within the genre which stresses new social forms, moving from seventeenth-century religious dissenters like Richard Baxter through William Godwin and ending with contemporary memoirs of same-sex partnerships. Through a consideration of mourning in spousal biographies, she examines works by C.S. Lewis, Joan Didion, Calvin Trillin, John Bayley, Caitlin Thomas, Mark Doty, Don Bachardy and Donald Hall. A chapter on “ventriloquized” voices considers the use of extended quotations from the biographical subject, considering the boundaries between appropriation and shared authorship. Ultimately, spousal biography is revealed as testing the boundaries of existing biographical forms, raising a number of questions about the ethics of recounting shared lives.
She has also recently coauthored a textbook with Eric Tribunella of University of Southern Mississippi: Reading Children’s Literature Critically (forthcoming with Bedford-St. Martin’s in 2012).
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