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. 36, No. 1, Winter

Baleful Postcoloniality and Auto/biography
When a psychic structure is objectively determined by economic and political relationships, it cannot be dealt with by means of purely psychological therapies; yet it equally cannot be dealt with by means of purely objective transformations oft he...
"Baleful Postcoloniality" and Palestinian Women's Life Writing
INTRODUCTION This article considers two manifestations of "baleful postcoloniality" in the life writing of Subjects marginalized by nationality, ethnicity, religion, and gender. The first is the exertion of quasi-colonial regimes by putatively postcolonial...
From Counter to Hegemonic: Re-Mapping Ideology in Latina/o Life Writing from the War on Terror
When US Army Specialist Joseph Darby delivered to investigators a computer disk with photographs of dark-skinned men being sexually degraded and tortured in Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq in 2004, he likely did not know that the senior military officer...
Go Back to Where You Came From: Stunt Documentary, Conversion Narrative, and the Limits of Testimony on Australian Television
INTRODUCTION: THE STUNT In June 2011 the Australian multicultural public broadcaster SBS television screened the four-part documentary series Go Back to Where You Came From (hereafter referred to as Go Back). (1) The series centered on the experiences...
Passing Away: Despair, Eulogiesi and Millennial Palestine
INTRODUCTION During the last decade, the idea of Palestine, at least for Palestinians and many of their allies in North America, has come to be associated with a new and more intolerable sense of despair. Since at least 2006, this despair has been...
Recording Daily Life in the Margins of History and of the Nation: Rachid Nini's Diary of a Clandestine Migrant
Normative schemes of intelligibility establish what will and will not be human, what will be a livable life, what will be a grievable death. These normative schemes operate not only by producing ideals of the human that differentiate among those who...
Representing Baleful Specters and Uncanny Repetitions: Life Writing and Imperialism's Afterlives
Both ruptures and recuperations make up the lineaments of the constrained conditions in which people are now living, whether they choose to live that way or not. To imagine that the durable and tenacious forms in which colonial situations leave their...
Silenced Histories and Sanitized Autobiographies: The 1953 CIA Coup in Iran
"Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi flew here from Baghdad today," the New York Times reported in August 1953, "in a triumphal return to his capital just six days after he had fled the country under threat of dethronement. The first man to greet the Shah was...
Thugs and Bandits," Life and Law in Colonial and Epicolonial India
The conjunction of life narratives and discourses of law-and-order is well illustrated in colonial thuggee (identified by the British as the practice of ritual murder and highway robbery) and postcolonial banditry. As histories and cultural studies...