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. 25, No. 1, Winter

"And Hold the Bondman Still": Biogeography and Utopia in Slave and Serf Narratives
"Instinct of the race to survive and expand." Nella Larsen, Passing The next morning Uncle Robin and Aunt Judy were having their first breakfast in their new home. The whippoorwills were chirping outside. In the distance a Negro harmonica could...
Autobiography &Amp; Geography: Introduction
When the cottage that housed the Center for Biographical Research and Biography was demolished last year (and the offices relocated), surprising details of our own history were revealed. The building had a more complicated history than we had ever...
Autotopography: Louise Bourgeois as builder.(Critical Essay)
1. AGAINST BIOGRAPHISM The concept "autotopography" refers to autobiography while also distinguishing itself from the latter. It refers to a spatial, local, and situational "writing" of the self's life in visual art. In this paper I will argue...
Bearing Proxy-Witness
It's all over Honey--I heard the news a few minutes ago. Our prayers to God have been answered I am so excited I can hardly write. Keep the house clean, the food hot and the bed ready, for I shall be home soon!!! !!! Harold Kirson, May 7, 1945,...
Collective Memory, Commemoration, Memory, and History: Or William O 'Bryan, the Bible Christians, and Me
In 1994 a group of historians gathered in Pasadena at a Narrating Histories Workshop. Among the topics discussed were the temptation of fiction; professional standards; whether the past can be narrated at all; and the question of the self in text....
Geographies of the Closet: The Lives of Paul Monette.(Critical Essay)
Geographies of identity have always been explicit for gay men and lesbians in terms of the metaphor of the closet, that defining trope of identity for twentieth-century homosexuals. When it denotes an explosion from enclosed, claustrophobic, secretive,...
Redlined Africa: Ruth First's Barrel of a Gun
NOT "ACCOUNT DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO FACT" "An account devoted exclusively to fact," Ruth First wrote in the introduction to her study of coups d'etat in Africa, "would present an Africa that is desiccated and dull" (ix). To what alternatives...
Sites of Memory: Women's Autoethnographies from Rural France
RURAL AUTOETHNOGRAPHIES AS SITES OF MEMORY France is now a predominantly industrial nation, part of the growing European Union, and has a very small percentage of its population engaged in full-time farming. Less than 5 percent of the French...
Stratigraphies: Writing a Suspect Terrain
The page waits pretending to be blank.... Beneath the page is another story.... Beneath the page is everything that has ever happened, most of which you would rather not hear about. The page is not a pool but a skin, a skin is there to hold...
The Contour of Unknown Lives: Mapping Women's Experience in the Adirondacks
I lean over the old topographical map. Again. It is not the first time I have unrolled this particular piece of paper. Nor am I the first person to consult its set of symbols and signs. The side edges are frayed, torn and bent from being removed...
"The Greater Part of My Life Has Been Spent in India": Autobiography and the Crisis of Empire in the Twentieth Century
How were the British empire and its supporters to address the looming crises of imperialism at the beginning of the twentieth century? Few doubted, in the early part of the century, that the empire would survive. But what form it would take, and...
Writing the Geography of the Blue Ridge Mountains: How Displacement Recorded the Land
Over the Blue Ridge, the whisperer starts to whisper in tongues. Remembered landscapes are left in me The way a bee leaves its sting, Hopelessly, passion-placed, Untranslatable language. Non-mystical, insoluble in bid they act as an opposite...