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. 4, Fall

Annual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2011-2012
Fong, Tony. "Matrimony: Re-Conceiving the Mother in Philip Roth's Life Writing." Philip Roth Studies 8.1 (Spring 2012): 63-80. Compares the extent that Roth, in The Facts and Patrimony, breaks down the isolating personal boundaries that undermine the...
Dr. Julia Swindells 13 August 1951-29 October 2011
Julia Swindells was a pioneering theorist of life writing in Britain, known for Victorian Writing and Working Women: The Other Side of Silence, published in 1985. In this, her first book, she argued that autobiographers like domestic worker Elizabeth...
Editors' Note
Each year, the Bibliography of Works about Life Writing provides us with a snapshot of where the field seems to be at the moment--and one we can profitably compare with previous photos in our album. One thing is certain: writing about life writing...
"No Possessions but Rages": Vindication, Salvation, and Early Kentucky Prison Letters
As a genre, prisoner narratives struggle against powerlessness. The intersection of prison and conversion narratives, a classic site in Western literature at least since Paul and Silas prayed together in a Phillippian prison (Acts 16.24-26), creates...
Shameful, Impure Art: Robert Crumb's Autobiographical Comics and the Confessional Poets
For over forty years, underground cartoonist Robert Crumb has documented his life in the panels of his comics, reveling in his "resolutely counter-cultural ... jaundiced view of America, ... sexual mores, and ... himself" ("R. Crumb"). While Crumb's...
The Public Time of Private Space in Dior by Dior
The fashion designer Christian Dior, actively designing under his name for only ten years, from 1947 to his premature death in October 1957, published a memoir, Christian Dior et moi, in 1956--published the following year in English as Dior by Dior,...
Witness or False Witness?: Metrics of Authenticity, Collective I-Formations, and the Ethic of Verification in First-Person Testimony
Witness narratives educate and bind readers to the degree that they convince them of two things: that the story is the "real" story of a "real" survivor--that a narrative is joined to an embodied person; and that the reading experience constitutes...