RELEASE OF BIOGRAPHY 42.2

We are delighted to announce the publication of this beautiful new issue of Biography, vol. 42, no. 2.

The full issue is available on Project Muse: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40820

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note
Craig Howes

Articles

Wounded Cities: Topographies of Self and Nation in Fay Afaf Kanafani’s Nadia, Captive of Hope
Hager Ben Driss

This essay presses the boundaries of autobiography to the field of urban studies. Fay Afaf Kanafani’s Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman (1999) engages in the poetics and politics of the city. Kanafani’s story of her multiple displacements and dislocations is positioned in the flow of urban experiences. The text offers a montage of self and nation, and blurs the lines between the private and the public. This essay explores the archaeological, as well as the cartographic qualities of Kanafani’s work. While it reads the memoir as a metaphorical practice of autogeography, it draws on anthropological geography to investigate two major images related to urban spaces: the divided city and the gendered city.

Playing a Life in Nina Freeman’s Automedia Game, Cibele
Philip Miletic

This essay establishes a framework for studying automedia games—games that have an automedia narrative/disclosure—through an analysis of Nina Freeman’s Cibele. Using this framework, I argue that Cibele challenges the misogyny of a gamer culture that has a “vision of digital culture [as] . . . disembodied and immaterial” (Losh), and instead presents the play of video games as embodied, material, affective, and relational.

Reading, Writing, and Resistance in Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Sarita Cannon

In her 1982 biomythography Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde explores how literacy can be a hegemonic tool of oppression, as well as how it can be transformed into an implement that furthers her development as a Black lesbian artist. Drawing on both the lessons of the American educational system and the linguistic legacy of African Diasporic women, Lorde creates her own discursive world, one that is marked by hybridity, multiplicity, playful subversion, and communal creation. She redefines literacy as a dialogic and recursive process of consuming and creating narratives within a woman-centered community.

“Bad” Biography Exposed!: A Critical Analysis of American Super-Pop
Oline Eaton

Biography has long played an important role within American life, and yet mass-market biographies remain underexamined. Theorizing so-called “popular biography” within twentieth-century American popular nonfiction and celebrity journalism, this article analyzes the genre’s conventions and its centrality to celebrity discourse.

Reviews

The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale, by James Atlas
Reviewed by Carl Rollyson

Experiments in Life-Writing: Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction, edited by Lucia Boldrini and Julia Novak
Reviewed by Alexandra Effe

American Autobiography after 9/11, by Megan Brown
Reviewed by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser

Letter to My Father: A Memoir, by G. Thomas Couser
Reviewed by Emily Hipchen

The Selfie Generation: How Our Self Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture, by Alicia Eler
Reviewed by Teresa Bruś

Invented Lives, Imagined Communities: The Biopic and American National Identity, edited by William H. Epstein and R. Barton Palmer
Reviewed by Eric M. Thau

An Artisan Intellectual: James Carter and the Rise of Modern Britain, 1792–1853, by Christopher Ferguson
Reviewed by Anna Clark

Autobiographical Writing in Latin America: Folds of the Self, by Sergio R. Franco
Reviewed by Francisco Brignole

Getting Personal: Teaching Personal Writing in the Digital Age, edited by Laura Gray-Rosendale
Reviewed by Madeleine Sorapure

The Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV, by Christopher Grobe
Reviewed by Lynda Goldstein

A History of Irish Autobiography, edited by Liam Harte
Reviewed by Taura Napier

Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum, by Kathryn Hughes
Reviewed by Alison Booth

Doña Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition: A Seventeenth-Century New Mexican Drama, by Frances Levine
Reviewed by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Clio’s Lives: Biographies and Autobiographies of Historians, edited by Doug Munro and John G. Reid
Reviewed by Jaume Aurell

The Decolonial Mandela: Peace, Justice and the Politics of Life, edited by Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni
Reviewed by Nick Mdika Tembo

Creating Identity in the Victorian Fictional Autobiography, by Heidi L. Pennington
Reviewed by Anne Reus

A History of Irish Working-Class Writing, edited by Michael Pierse
Reviewed by Muireann Leech

Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives, edited by Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley
Reviewed by Rocío G. Davis

Life? or Theatre? (Leben? oder Theater?), by Charlotte Salomon
Reviewed by Julia Watson

The Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making it Real, by Arnaud Schmitt
Reviewed by Bettina Stumm

On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings, by Ella Shohat
Reviewed by Joyce Zonana

Bird-Bent Grass: A Memoir, in Pieces, by Kathleen Venema
Reviewed by G. Thomas Couser

Private Lives Made Public: The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England, by Andrea Walkden
Reviewed by Julie A. Eckerle

 

 

CFP: Graphic Medicine

CALL FOR PAPERS

Graphic Medicine

A Special Issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Guest Editors: Erin La Cour (Free University of Amsterdam) and Anna Poletti (Utrecht University
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RELEASE OF BIOGRAPHY 42.1

 

We’re happy to announce the publication of the latest issue of Biography, vol. 42, no. 1,  2019 with our International Year in Review and Annual Bibliography. Check out the new journal design.

The full issue is available on Project Muse:  https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40486
Table of Contents

Editors’ Notes
John David Zuern and Craig Howes

Essays as Life Writing: The Year in Australia
Kylie Cardell

The Tercentenary of Maria Theresa (1717–1780): The Year in Austria and Germany
Tobias Heinrich

The Brazilian “I/Eye” at the IABA Global Conference: The Year in Brazil
Sergio da Silva Barcellos

Musicians’ Lives and National Identity: The Year in Canada
Alana Bell

Independent Biographical Documentaries: The Year in China
Chen Shen

Testigo de barbarie y resistencia: El año en Colombia
Gabriel Jaime Murillo-Arango

Life Writing’s Coming of Age: The Year in Estonia
Leena Kurvet-Käosaar and Maarja Hollo

The Ghosts of World War II: The Year in France
Joanny Moulin

Selves and Identities in the Arabian Gulf: The Year in the Gulf Cooperation Council
Szidonia Haragos

What the Stars Tell: The Year in India
Pramod K. Nayar

Biographies from the Alps to Capri: The Year in Italy
Ilaria Serra

Emergent Subjectivities: The Year in Korea
Heui-Yung Park

Archiving the Political, Narrating the Personal: The Year in Lebanon
Sleiman El Hajj

Politics and Violence: The Year in Mexico
Gerardo Necoechea Gracia

Mediators as the Subject of Dutch Biography: The Year in the Netherlands
Hans Renders and David Veltman

Voices against Erasure, Loss, and Dehumanization: The Year in Palestine
Adam Yaghi

A Time of Great Biographies—Gombrowicz and Herbert: The Year in Poland
Paweł Rodak, Alessandro Malusà

“No Coward Soul is Mine”: The Year in Portugal
Cláudia Faria

Auto/Biography After Disaster: The Year in Puerto Rico
Ricia Anne Chansky

Cultural Figures and the Biographical Turn: The Year in Romania
Ioana Luca

“Born-Frees” on South Africa’s Memory Traps: The Year in South Africa
Nick Mdika Tembo

Auto/Biography and Conflict: The Year in Spain
Ana Belén Martínez García

“The necessary disloyalty”: The Year in the UK
Tom Overton

#MeToo and the Memoir Boom: The Year in the US
Leigh Gilmore

American Biography: The Year in the US
Carl Rollyson

Latest CFP for Biography

CALL FOR PAPERS

After(Life) Narratives of #MeToo

A Special Issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Guest Editors: Rebecca Wanzo (Washington University in St. Louis) and Carol Stabile (University of Oregon)
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2019 Biography Prize

No’ukahau’oli Revilla and Lyz Soto are the recipients of the 2019 Biography Prize. Congratulations to both of these amazing scholars and writers.  Both won the prize for their recently defended dissertations. No’ukahau’oli Revillaʻs dissertation is entitled If We Vanish: A Collection of Queer ‘Ōiwi Poetry. The title of Lyz Sotoʻs dissertation is About Homelands Speaking\Her Bodies of Stories.

Release of Biography 41.4

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of the latest special issue of Biography, vol. 41, no. 4, M4BL and the Critical Matter of Black Lives, edited by Brittney Cooper and Treva B. Lindsey

The full issue is available on Project Muse: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40025

Table of Contents

Introduction to M4BL and the Critical Matter of Black Lives
Brittney Cooper and Treva B. Lindsey

Movement for Black Love: The Building of Critical Communities through the Relational Geography of Movement Spaces
Tabitha Jamie Mary Chester

Choreographies of the Ongoing: Episodes of Black Life, Events of Black Lives
Rhaisa Kameela Williams

Black Lives as Snuff: The Silent Complicity in Viewing Black Death
Rasul A. Mowatt

R.I.P. Shirts or Shirts of the Movement: Reading the Death Paraphernalia of Black Lives
Robin Brooks

Black Lives Abroad: Encounters of Diasporic Solidarity in Brazil
Gillian Maris Jones

Visible Black Motherhood Is a Revolution
Danielle Fuentes Morgan

Mama’s Gon’ Buy You a Mocking Bird: Why #BlackMothersStillMatter
A Short Genealogy of Black Mothers’ Maternal Activism and Politicized Care
Kaila Adia Story

Restoring Optimal Black Mental Health and Reversing Intergenerational Trauma in an Era of Black Lives Matter
Jameta Nicole Barlow

#BlackHealingMatters in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter
Kai M. Green, Je Naé Taylor, Pascale Ifé Williams, and Christopher Roberts

From Ferguson to Palestine: Reimagining Transnational Solidarity Through Difference
Marc Lamont Hill

Ferguson: An Identity Politics Liberation Manifesto
Tef Poe

Brown Bag Biography Spring 2019 Schedule

 

Every semester, this series feels groundbreaking in the diversity of life writing projects and approaches it showcases. Save the dates, bring your lunch, and join us!

BROWN BAG BIOGRAPHY
DISCUSSIONS OF LIFE WRITING BY & FOR TOWN & GOWN
THURSDAYS, 12:00 NOON–1:15 PM • KUYKENDALL 409A
All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact the Center for Biographical Research at 956-3774 or biograph@hawaii.edu

SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

Jan 24: “At the Edges of Empathy: Journalistic Ethics and Reporting from Conflict Zones in Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Gorazde and Sarah Glidden’s Rolling Blackouts
Eva Karpinski, York University, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Biographical Research
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Jan 31: “Gaucho Legacies: El Sosneado, My Home of Yesteryear (Antonio Entre Ríos)”
Lissi Entre Ríos, Former Dean and Professor of Dance, Instituto Superior de Artes, and Joy Logan, Dept. of Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies at UH Mānoa

Feb 7: “Hawaiʻi Stories of Change: Kōkua Hawaiʻi Oral History Project”
Gary Kubota, freelance journalist/playwright/poet
Cosponsored by the Center for Oral History at UH Mānoa
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Feb 14:How I Protested the Vietnam War as a Soldier in the Army”
David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame

Feb 21: “Writing after Murder: Literary Reportage from Metro Manila”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo, Dept. of English at UH Mānoa
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Feb 28: The Carceral Continuum: Apparitions of World War II at the Wai’anae Boat Harbor”
Laurel Mei-Singh, Dept. of Ethnic Studies at UH Mānoa
Mar 7:The Body Speaks: Chief Spence’s Hunger Strike, Treaty Dialogue, and Mixed Media Storytelling”
Sarah Wiebe, Dept. of Political Science at UH Mānoa

Mar 14: Documenting Extinction: The Making of A Paradise Lost
Laurie Sumiye, Hawaiʻi-based artist and documentary filmmaker
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Mar 28: “Biography on the Body: Decoding Soviet Prison Tattoos”
Helena Goscilo, Chair of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University
Cosponsored by Russian Studies, Dept. of LLL at UH Mānoa

Apr 4: “The Art of Disappearing: Exploring the Filmmaker’s Process and Presence in Documentary Storytelling”
Ciara Lacy, director and producer of Out of State
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Apr 11: “Biography of a Merchant”
Derrick Higginbotham, Dept. of English at UH Mānoa
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Apr 18: “Being Boricua”
Sashily Kling, creative writer with an MA from the Dept. of English at UH Mānoa

Apr 25: “My Daughter Alice: Stalking Behavior and Victims’ Legal Protections”
Clive Ruggles, Professor Emeritus of Archaeoastronomy, University of Leicester

Release of Biography 41.3

We are delighted to announce the publication of the latest issue of Biography, vol. 41, no. 3, which includes two clusters–Asian American Hip-Hop Musical Auto/Biographies (edited by Roderick N. Labrador and Brian Su-Jen Chung) and Political Biography in Literature and Cinema (edited by Joanny Moulin and Delphine Letort).

The full issue is available on Project Muse: http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/39537

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

“Freaky” Asian Americans, Hip-Hop, and Musical Autobiography: An Introduction
Roderick N. Labrador

“Bad Gal” and the “Bad” Refugee: Refugee Narratives, Neoliberal Violence, and Musical Autobiography in Honey Cocaine’s Cambodian Canadian Hip-Hop
Kenneth Chan

Redefined What is Meant to Be Divine: Prayer and Protest in Blue Scholars
Mark Redondo Villegas

The Posse Cut as Autobiographical Utterance of Place in the Night Marchers’ Three Dots
Ruben Enrique Campos III

(Re)Writing Contemporary Cantonese Heritage Language and Identity: Examining MC Jin’s ABC Album
Melissa Chen and Genevieve Leung

Narrating Failure: MC Jin’s Return to Rap in the United States
Brian Su-Jen Chung

Beats, Rhymes, and Life in the Ocean of Sound: An Object-Oriented Methodology for Encountering Rap Music
David A. M. Goldberg

Introduction to Political Biography in Literature and Cinema
Delphine Letort and Joanny Moulin

French Television and Political Biography
Rémi Fontanel

Recasting the Iron Lady into Flesh and Blood: Gender Performance and Politics in Three Thatcher Biopics
Nicole Cloarec

Writing the Life of Ronald Reagan: An Impossible Mission?
Françoise Coste

From Political Biography to Political Event: The Daens Myth in Literature in Cinema
Gertjan Willems

Political Life Writing in the Pacific: Reflections on Practice ed. by Jack Corbett and Brij V. Lal (review)
Alexander Mawyer

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their by Leigh Gilmore (review)
Sarah Brophy

Picture Bride Stories by Barbara F. Kawakami (review)
Kelli Y. Nakamura

How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses? Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs by Tahneer Oksman (review)
Roberta Mock

Gendered Testimonies of the Holocaust Writing Life by Petra M. Schweitzer (review)
Batsheva Ben-Amos

Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices by Jeffrey Shandler (review)
Sarah Jefferies

Back to the Blanket: Recovered Rhetorics and Literacies in American Indian Studies by Kimberly G. Wieser (review)
Lisa King

Corrigendum

Nadine Gordimer and the Vices of Biography: A Reply to Hedley Twidle
Ronald Suresh Roberts

Release of Biography 41.2 on Interviewing as Creative Practice

Biography’s latest special issue, Interviewing as Creative Practice, guest-edited by Anneleen Masschelein and Rebecca Roach, is now available for download on Project Muse!

Please help us spread the word! https://muse.jhu.edu/journal/25

Table of Contents

Putting Things Together: Introduction to Interviewing as Creative Practice
Anneleen Masschelein, Rebecca Roach

The Interview as Criticism: David Sylvester’s Artist Interviews
James Finch

Confessions of a Ventriloquist
Sylvère Lotringer, Anneleen Masschelein, Catherine Combes

Criticism Live: The History and Practice of the Critical Interview
Jeffrey J. Williams

Emergent Conversations: Bronwyn Davies on the Transformation of Interview Practices in the Social Sciences
Anneleen Masschelein, Rebecca Roach

“Three words you must never say”: Hermione Lee on Interviewing
Rebecca Roach

The Interviewer Speaks Back: Turning the Tables of the Literary Interview in Contemporary French Novels
Galia Yanoshevsky

“To Unreel a Whole Story”: Julia Kerninon on Writers’ Interviews
Rebecca Roach

“Making Friends”: The Geopolitics of the Interview on the BBC’S Eastern Services
Julie Cyzewski

Ways of Seeing/Ways of Talking: Conversation and Collage in the Films of Mike Dibb
Anneleen Masschelein

Morituri Te Salutant: The Mediatization of the Literary Last Interview at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
Anneleen Masschelein

Theoretical Perspectives on Historians’ Autobiographies: From Documentation to Intervention by Jaume Aurell (review)
Barbara Caine

Documentary Across Disciplines eds. by Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg (review)
S. Topiary Landberg

Women Writing Cloth: Migratory Fictions in the American Imaginary by Mary Jo Bona (review)
Christine D. Beaule

Beyond the Archive: Memory, Narrative, and the Autobiographical Process—Explorations in Narrative Psychology by Jens Brockmeier (review)
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

Reading Lessons in Seeing: Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Autobiographical Graphic Novel by Michael A. Chaney (review)
Anna Poletti

PInay: Culture Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora eds. by Virgie Chattergy and Pepi Nieva (review)
Kim Compoc

Life Narratives and Youth Culture: Representation, Agency and Participation by Kate Douglas and Anna Poletti (review)
Victoria Ford Smith

Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media eds. by May Friedman and Silvia Schultermandl (review)
Oline Eaton

Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction by Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir (review)
Ellen G. Friedman

Biography, Gender and History: Nordic Perspectives ed. by Erla Hulda Halldórsdóttir et al. (review)
Hannah Yoken

Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature and Beyond: Grappling with Ghosts by George M. Johnson (review)
Kathy J. Phillips

Working Memory: Women and Work in World War II eds. by Marlene Kadar and Jeanne Perreault (review)
Penny Summerfield

Girls’ Feminist Blogging in a Postfeminist Age by Jessalynn Keller (review)
Akane Kanai

Autobiographical Comics by Andrew J. Kunka (review)
Candida Rifkind

Reading African American Autobiography: Twenty-First-Century Contexts and Criticism ed. by Eric D. Lamore (review)
Roland Leander Williams Jr.

Joseph: Portraits through the Ages by Alan T. Levenson (review)
Kapali Lyon

Memoir Ethics: Good Lives and the Virtues by Mike W. Martin (review)
Raymond Angelo Belliotti

Korean and Korean American Life Writing in Hawai’i: From the Land of the Morning Calm to Hawai’i Nei by Heui-Yung Park (review)
Joseph Han

Understanding Biographies: On Biographies in History and Stories in Biography by Birgitte Possing (review)
Jeremy D. Popkin

Rebuilding Shattered Worlds: Creating Community by Voicing the Past by Andrea L. Smith and Anna Eisenstein (review)
Michael Silverstein

Life Writing in the Long Run by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (review)
Thomas R. Smith

Emblem of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer by Leslie Williams (review)
Fredrica Harris Thompsett

The Antiquary: John Aubrey’s Historical Scholarship by Kelsey Jackson Williams (review)
Andrea Walkden

Fall 2018 Brown Bag Biography

Every semester, this series feels groundbreaking in the diversity of life writing projects and approaches it showcases. Save the dates, bring your lunch, and join us!

BROWN BAG BIOGRAPHY
DISCUSSIONS OF LIFE WRITING BY & FOR TOWN & GOWN
THURSDAYS, 12:00 NOON–1:15 PM • KUYKENDALL 409A
All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact the Center for Biographical Research at 956-3774 or biograph@hawaii.edu

FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

Sept 27: “Writing About Other People’s Memories.”
Ellen G. Friedman, English Dept., The College of New Jersey
Cosponsored by U H Fund for the Promotion of Jewish Life and Studies and the UHM Dept of English
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Oct 4: “Techniques for Conveying Unusual Personal Experience (Such as Growing Up with Psychics): Readings from Two Short Sections of River Stone Running.”
Kathy Phillips, Dept. of English, UH Mānoa
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410

Oct. 11: “Hawaiʻi Okinawan-Owned Restaurant Project: Oral History and Community Archives.”
Gene Kaneshiro and Howard Takara, Project Leaders
Cosponsored by the Center for Oral History

Oct. 18: “Kihawahine: Shapeshifting Life and Afterlife of Maui’s Famous Akua Mo’o.”
Māhealani Ahia, Dept. of English, UH Mānoa

Oct 25: “Return to Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania.”
Kealani Cook, Dept. of Humanities, UH West-O‘ahu

Nov. 1: “Jewish Childhood Recollections in Post-Soviet Autobiographical Discourse.”
Marina Balina, Russian Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University
Cosponsored by Russian Studies, Dept of LLL at UH Mānoa

Brown Bag Biography Cosponsored Event on Nov 1st: 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Lecture in KUY 410: Ramzy Baroud, “Give the Palestinian People the Right to Tell Their Own Stories.” Response from Gaza by Yousef AlJamal (via Skype).
Cosponsored by UH-Students and Faculty for Justice in Palestine and the UHM Departments of English and Political Science

Nov 8: “‘Aumua Mata’itusi Simanu: The Lifestory of a Ninety-Seven-Year-Old Samoan Orator and Educator in Diaspora.”
Fata Simanu-Klutz, Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UH Mānoa

TUESDAY Nov 13: “The ‘intimate sphere of poetry’ of Ștefan Baciu, Jean Charlot, and Larry Kauanoe Kimura in the literary magazine MELE: International poetry letter from Hawaiʻi.”
Yoshiro Sakamoto, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Visiting Researcher at the Center for Biographical Research UH-Mānoa

Nov 29: “Art for Life.”
Don Ed Hardy, Tattoo Artist, Author, and Curator

TUESDAY Dec 4: “Nā Wāhine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization.”
Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, Indigenous Politics, UH Mānoa
*this session will be held in KUYKENDALL 410