The Origins of the Individualist Self: Autobiography and Self-Identity in England, 1591 - 1791
Part I: The First English Individualist:.
1. Narrative Subjects: Individualism, Autobiography, Authority.
2. A Novel Self-Identity: The Performance of Individual Authority in James Lackington's Memoirs.
Part II: Early Ancestors: The Sacred:.
3. Christian "Experience": or, The Discourse of Life and Death.
4. Writing on the Heart: Preserving Experience in First-Person Discourse.
5. A Press of Witnesses: The Impact of Print.
Part III: Immediate Precursors - the Profane:.
6. True Confessions: John Dunton and the Subject of Repentance.
7. The Trump of Fame: Self-Identified Heroes and Heroines.
Epilogue: 'The Author ... Our Hero'.
- Highly original account of the rise of individualism - Mascuch provides an illuminating appraisal of the nature of autobiographical narrative including early forms of biography, diary and autobiography
- Includes a detailed account of a significant period in the rise of a modern literary genre
- A significant and important contribution to the concept of and history of self-identity in modern Western culture.