Biography

Founded in Jan. of 1978, Biography is a quarterly journal published by the University of Hawaii Press. Its subject matter is literature. Stanley Schab is the Managing Editor, George Simson is the Founding Editor, Marie-Jose Fassiotto is the Reviewed Elsewhere Editor and Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes are the Co-Editors.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter

Biopic Bibliography
This bibliography includes texts on both the biopic and the television docudrama. Though these genres are not new, scholarly study of them has been limited. The major work in the study of the biopic is George F. Custen's Bio/Pics: How Hollywood Constructed...
Biopics and Politics: The Making and Unmaking of the Rhodes Movies
In 1997 the British Broadcasting Corporation screened a six hour dramatization of the life of the South African imperialist Cecil Rhodes. Titled simply Rhodes, the film was one of the most expensive and ambitious productions ever undertaken by the...
Editor's Introduction
Major work on the biopic begins with Carolyn Anderson's 1988 bibliographical essay, which treats the genre chronologically as a reflection of the ideologies of the times from the 1930s onward. George F. Custen's landmark 1992 Bio/Pics: How Hollywood...
"Everybody Loves Somebody": The A&e "Rat Pack" Biographies
The growth of photography and the motion picture industry in the twentieth century has been coterminous with the cult of the celebrity personality. When specific actors and actresses suddenly became valuable, sought-after property, when the ticket-selling...
Film and Video Self-Biographies
Biography is a multimedia genre; it exists in oral, written, and audiovisual forms. Since the late 1960s, a sizable corpus of biographical films and videos has steadily grown, spurred by the popularity of television documentaries about celebrity subjects....
Glowing Dishes: Radium, Marie Curie, and Hollywood
In an episode from the Andy Griffith Show, that embodiment of middle American agrarian utopic yearning, Aunt Bee is asked about other careers she might have followed. Looking out toward the horizon, she allows she would have studied chemistry, like...
"Herr Direktor": Biography and Autobiography in Schindler's List
"I aspire to be Oskar Schindler." -Steven Spielberg (McBride 429) Schindler's List (1993), Steven Spielberg's first attempt to narrate a topic as historically unwieldy as the Holocaust, tells the now famous story of a German entrepreneur, Oskar...
Malcolm X: In Print, on Screen
In a rare motion picture memory related in The Autobiography of Malcolm X the author sits in a Michigan theater watching Gone with the Wind (1939). "When Butterfly McQueen went into her act," he recalls bitterly, "I felt like crawling under the rug"...
Marlene: Modernity, Mortality, and the Biopic
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING Cinema, once heralded as the art of the 20th century, seems now, as the century closes ... to he a decadent art. Perhaps it is not cinema that has ended hut only cinephilia--the name of the very specific kind of love that...
Not the Full Story: Representing Ruth Ellis
I must close now but remember I am quite happy with the verdict, but not the way the story was told, there is so much that people don't know about. Ruth Ellis, on the eve of her execution (Hancock 2) THE SUBJECT IN QUESTION Although she was...
Oscar Wilde at the Movies: British Sexual Politics and the Green Carnation (1960)
In her 1990 study Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle, Elaine Showalter notes, The 1980s and 1990s ... compulsively tell and retell the stories of the 1880s and 1890s, in contemporary versions of Victorian novels, in film and...
The Mechanical Life in the Age of Human Reproduction: American Biopics, 1961-1980
A SIGN OF THE TIMES Despite the elegant but grammatically incorrect slogan Howard Dietz devised for MGM ("Ars Gratia Artis"), Southern California was the land of Mayer, not Pater. Hollywood's wise men read people, rather than books, and they thus...