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. 35, No. 1, Winter

Agency without Mastery: Chronic Pain and Posthuman Life Writing
... pain is a present-tense business. --Hilary Mantel, "Diary" HUMANISM IN PAIN/MEMOIRS Beginning with the premise that life narrative is less a genre than an ongoing and often contentious engagement with humanistic discourses of identity...
A Personal Post(human)script: Further Reading/reading Further
From the initial impulse onward, Gillian Whitlock has been the prime shaper of the issue you hold in your hands (or view on your screen). When Gillian recruited me to serve as her co-editor, I was both flattered and mystified. Flattered because of...
Autobiography, Authenticity, Human, and Posthuman: Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation
The posthuman is a new term for an old problem, one that haunts the humanist tradition from whenever or wherever we think that tradition began. One iconic (Renaissance) humanist text is Pico della Mirandola's Oration on the Dignity of Man (c. 1486)....
His Master's Voice: Animalographies, Life Writing, and the Posthuman
In Animal Rites, Cary Wolfe cites Michael Taussig's analysis of the classic advertisement "His Master's Voice" to argue that the well-known image of Nipper, the RCA Victor dog, mimetically evokes fidelity--juxtaposing the voice of the master and the...
Humanitarian Narrative and Posthumanist Critique: Dave Eggers's What Is the What
What Is the What, pronounced a novel and an autobiography by its author Dave Eggers, is the life story of Valentino Achak Deng. Fusing fictional representation with autobiographical and historical detail, Eggers's first-person narrator recreates the...
Humanity's Footprint: Reading Rings of Saturn and Palestinian Walks in an Anthropocene Era
... walking is a subversive detour, the scenic route through a half abandoned landscape of ideas and experiences. --Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust (12) This article approaches the fruitful contradiction suggested by "posthuman lives" from the perspective...
Post-Ing Lives
This special issue of Biography may seem exotic. It engages with a series of concepts that are unusual in studies of life narrative: beginning with zoegraphy and ending with the anthropocene. It turns to scenes of auto/biographical expression that...
Reading the Posthuman Backward: Mary Rowlandson's Doubled Witnessing
I am plugged into other objects and subjects in such a way that I become myself in and through them, even as they become themselves in and through me. --William J. Mitchell, Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City (62) Puritans may have...
Remediating the Infected Body: Writing the Viral Self in Melinda Rackham's Carrier
You will be organized,, you will be an organism, you will articulate your body--otherwise you 're just depraved. Deleuze and Guattari, qtd. in Rackham, "carrier--Becoming" 218 Life narratives about disease both complicate understandings of a...
There Is No "I" in Network: Social Networking Sites and Posthuman Auto/biography
The digital era complicates definitions of the self and its boundaries, both dismantling and sustaining the humanist subject in practices of personal narrative. As Katherine Hayles has argued, moving the "technologies of inscription" from the realm...
Visual Diary as Prosthetic Practice in Bobby Baker's Diary Drawings
The human is, at its core and in its very constitution, radically a human and constitutively prosthetic. --Cary Wolfe xxvi By its very nature, autobiographical writing about mental illness almost always displays a built-in need to transgress...
Zoegraphyl Per/forming Posthuman Lives
The aim of writing is to carry life to the state of a non-personal power. --Gilles Deleuze Starting from Nietzsche's assumption that art is the great means of making life possible, this article explores and affirms the capacity of contemporary...