Collective biography and micro-periodization: a data-rich analysis of recent lives in the Dictionary of National Biography (1885–1901)

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Collective biography contributes to processes of periodization. This article uses corpus linguistic analysis to identify stylistic trends within Dictionary of National Biography (1885–1901) entries on recent lives. DNB editors and contributors used micro-periodizations, based on ideas of generational supersession, to transition their recent past from informal “communicative” memory into monumental “cultural” memory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiography: an interdisciplinary quarterly
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Oct 2023


  • collective biography
  • life history
  • periodization
  • corpus linguistics
  • Victorian
  • memory studies

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