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n. pl. psy·cho·bi·og·ra·phies
1. A biography that analyzes the psychological makeup, character, or motivations of its subject: "We are given a kind of psychobiography which ultimately pictures a deeply egotistical individual, unable to tolerate anyone else's success" (Leon Botstein).
2. A character analysis.

psy′cho·bi·og′ra·pher n.
psy′cho·bi′o·graph′ic (-bī′ə-grăf′ĭk), psy′cho·bi·o·graph′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a biography that pays particular attention to a person's psychological development
psychobiographical adj


(ˌsaɪ koʊ baɪˈɒg rə fi, -bi-)

n., pl. -phies.
a biography that stresses childhood trauma and unconscious motives of the subject.
psy`cho•bi•og′ra•pher, n.
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8) He notes the Laureate's unhappy, and quite possibly abused, childhood years: psychobiographical fodder which Perry treats cautiously but which nonetheless appears to confirm Auden's verdict that "[i]n no other English poet of comparable rank does the bulk of his work seem so clearly to be inspired by some single and probably very early experience" (p.
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CUSTER AND THE LITTLE BIG HORN: A Psychobiographical Inquiry (1981), for a specific look at how Custer's "personality may have affected his actions at [Little Big Horn].
In the process of transference, the Symbolic register in Lacan and the metaphors in Lakoff and Johnson help readers to recognize the psychobiographical experiences that shape the fictional world of the subject in fantasy narratives.
19) The psychobiographical implications of the relationship between Wordsworth and Coleridge in 1800 have been discussed by various critics.
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Ignoring several recent psychobiographical readings on Hawthorne and the gender, sexual anxieties experienced by the antebellum middle class in America, McFarland portrays the marriage of Sophia and Nathaniel in terms of traditional devotion and love throughout their lives.
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cannot legitimately transgress the text towards something other than it, toward a referent (a reality that is metaphysical, historical, psychobiographical, etc.
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