Clio Offside? University of Groningen Opens Biographical Institute
(Annette Portegies) The Low Countries - 2006, № 14, pp. 285-287
Biographers choose pragmatic solutions, but they do that because they have no other choice. The never-ending battle between disciplines leads inevitably to theoretical relativism: there is no such thing as a generally applicable ‘theory of biography' – because thinking with regard to biography is profoundly influenced by developments in, for example, psychology, society, and the study of literature and history. For this reason there will always be discussion about the genre; and for this reason, by definition, that discussion can never be brought to a satisfactory close. None the less, people at the University of Groningen are going to have a stab at it. The Faculty of Arts there recently offered a home to an Institute of Biography.
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