Oliver Smithies Lecture: Writing Habits | University of Oxford

Oliver Smithies Lecture: Writing Habits

Professor Jenny Davidson
Balliol College
Broad Street

Old Common Room

Lectures and seminars
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How do we use writing to create a self-autobiographical writing, confessional writing, writing for self-improvement and self-criticism? This lecture tells the story of writing as a tool for self-management in the modern era, from eighteenth-century writers like James Boswell and Benjamin Franklin to contemporary memoirists including Sarah Manguso, touching down on a wide range of other striving selves along the way.
Jenny Davidson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the City of New York. The lectures are funded by a generous benefaction from Professor Oliver Smithies, which enables Balliol to bring distinguished visitors to the University of Oxford.