Academic journal article Chicago Review

Author BIOS

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Author BIOS

Article excerpt

Notably, a number of literary journals of late have mutated or eliminated author bios. Fence, for example, has replaced the bio with a "reading list," in which authors mention what they've been reading, not unlike the "summer reading" column of the New Yorker. Though not to the entire exclusion of biographical material, this format allows for a sense of more intellectual exchange. Yet, very quickly, the "reading list" has become a generic category within Fence's pages, often provoking over-long lists and commentary from authors, leading to a rather pretentious brew. At best, such a call might catch an author by surprise as he or she is reading mass-market science fiction or a Marvel comic book-but, alas, no one seems to read much popular fiction or "b-literature" anymore, or at least, no one admits as much.

Other journals have taken the end paper out entirely, letting the authors and their work to stand pat, momentarily wresting the poems and fiction out of a professional, market-oriented sphere. …

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