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. 2, Spring

Between Catastrophe and Carnival: Creolized Identities, Cityspace, and Life Narratives
What are the intersections between increasingly globalized urban spaces, histories of violent diaspora, and the formation of creolized identities through language? How do theories of creolization, diaspora, and postmodern spatiality help us understand...
Carnival in the Creole City: Place, Race, and Identity in the Age of Globalization
In both the popular and literary imaginations, carnival music, dance, and culture have come to signify a dynamic multiculturalism in the era of globalization. In an October 2010 article on the Colombian pop sensation Shakira, for example, Jon Pareles...
Contact Zones and Border Crossings: Writing Deaf Lives
In Reading Autobiography, Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson note that "when we read autobiographical texts, they often seem to be 'speaking' to us. We 'hear' a narrative voice distinctive in its emphasis and tone, its rhythms and syntax, its lexicon and...
"Dust to Cleanse Themselves," a Survivor's Ethos: Diasporic Disidentifications in Zeitoun
I'm interested in identities structured by contingency. Certainly in this moment of global social, cultural, environmental, and technological upheaval, our unstable passage into the twenty-first century is mobilized into contingency by cataclysmic...
Militant Cosmopolitan in a Creole City: The Paradoxes of Jacques Roumain
For this group of articles on the creole city and cosmopolitanism, I would like to go beyond the idea of biography as the study of a life to explore the biography--the life story--of a work of literature, Jacques Roumain's novel Gouverneurs de la rosee,...
The Death of Cleopatra / the Birth of Freedom: Edmonia Lewis at the New World's Fair
The city of Philadelphia experienced a radical transformation throughout the year 1876 as it fervidly prepared for and hosted the Centennial Exhibition, the first official world's fair on US soil, held to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of...
Urban Silhouettes: Mohand Mounsi's Creolized Paris
Ce qu'on a de plus important a dire, on ne le proclame pas toujours a haute voix. On le confie au silence le plus intime. La page blanche est le lieu de cet aveu. [The most important things we have to say aren't always declared out loud. We confide...