Publications by List Members

The following publications are texts or issues of journals that IABA listserv members have published, announcement for new journals with calls for papers, or schedules and programs of events held by lifewriting programs and centers.

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www.unav.edu/issa

Nieuwsbrief Biografie Instituut Mei 2020

[English version below]

www.biografieinstituut.nl.

Biografie Instituut verzorgt mastercollege Biografie & Geschiedenis

Het mastercollege Biografie & Geschiedenis zal gedurende het eerste semester van het komende studiejaar opnieuw worden aangeboden door het Biografie Instituut. Voor meer informatie over de inschrijving (ook voor contractstudenten) en de inhoud van het college, zie de flyer en het menu-item Onderwijs op de website van het Biografie Instituut.

Sonia Purnell wint Plutarch Award

Gisteren werd bekend gemaakt dat Sonia Purnell de Plutarch Award 2020 gewonnen heeft met haar biografie A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II. De jury, waarin onder anderen Hans Renders zitting had, prees haar diepgravende onderzoek.

Oprichtingssymposium Fries Biografie Instituut goed bezocht

Op 12 maart vond in Tresoar het oprichtings- symposium van het Fries Biografie Instituut plaats. Aan de hand van vijf korte lezingen, een interview en een forumdiscussie werd ingegaan op de stand van zaken rond het biografisch onderzoek naar Friezen. De sprekers lieten zien hoe de persoon over wie zij een biografie schrijven gebonden was aan Friesland. De forumdiscussie concentreerde zich onder andere op de vraag: wat rechtvaardigt deoprichting van een Fries Biografie Instituut? Iedereen was het erover eens dat ‘de Friese biografie’ niet bestaat. Het instituut wil een infrastructuur bieden voor de begeleiding van onderzoeksprojecten die leiden tot de publicatie van biografieën van Friezen.

Biografie Petrus Tammens succesvol verdedigd

De biografie van burgemeester Petrus Tammens, waarop Chris Gevers op 7 mei promoveerde, werd lovend besproken in de pers. Een volledig overzicht van de besprekingen en interviews in kranten en op internet is hier te vinden. De verdediging zelf, die online plaatsvond, is hier terug te kijken.

Newsletter Biography Institute May 2020

Biography Institute hosts research seminar Biography & History

The course will be given by members of the Biography Institute during the first semester of the next academic year. For more information about enrollment (also for contract students) and the content of the seminar, see the flyer and the section Courses on the website of the Biography Institute.

Sonia Purnell wins Plutarch Award

Yesterday it was announced that Sonia Purnell has won the Plutarch Award 2020 with her biography
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II.

One-day conference Fries Biografie Institute well attended

On March 12, the Fries Biografie Instituut was inaugurated during a one-day conference in Tresoar, the center for Frisian cultural history. During five short lectures, an interview and a round table discussion, the state of the art in Frisian Biography was presented. The speakers showed how the subject of their biography was connected to Friesland. The round table discussion focused on the question: what justifies the foundation of a Fries Biografie Instituut? Everyone agreed that ‘the Frisian biography’ does not exist. The institute wants to offer an infrastructure for the supervision of research projects that could lead to the publication of biographies of Frisian people.

Successful PhD defense on biography Petrus Tammens

On May 7, the biography of mayor Petrus Tammens, the subject of Chris Gevers’s PhD research, was successfully defended before the doctoral committee. A complete list of the reviews and interviews with Gevers in the newspapers and online can be found here. A registration of the defense, which took place online, can be found here.

The editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies are delighted to announce the publication of issue 35.1, a special issue on Life Writing in the Anthropocene, guest edited by Jessica White and Gillian Whitlock. The digital version of the full issue is now available on our website, www.tandfonline.com/raut. We hope that you enjoy the issue!

a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
35.1 Winter 2020
Special Issue: Life Writing in the Anthropocene
Guest Editors: Jessica White and Gillian Whitlock Introduction
“Life: Writing and Rights in the Anthropocene”
Jessica White, The University of Queensland and Gillian Whitlock, Emeritus The University of QueenslandThe Process“From the Miniature to the Momentous: Writing Lives Through Ecobiography”
Jessica WhiteThis article contemplates ecobiography, a little-researched form of life writing which depicts how human selves are supported and shaped by their natural environment. It details my ecobiography of Georgiana Molloy (1805¬¬–1843) and the plants she collected from the South-West Australian Floristic Region (SWAFR), alongside an analysis of an Australian ecobiography, Kim Mahood’s Position Doubtful.“stereometric countersignature; or, an exploration of genre for the Australian novel” Tom Bristow, James Cook UniversityThis article explores literary modes that place the writer in dialogue with the places he has inhabited recently. It includes a fictocritical engagement with place-based Australian literature (via Xavier Herbert and Randolph Stow), and a maverick whizz through structuralism, deconstruction and genre studies. Written in an elegiac mode punctuated by countersignature relevant to the environmental humanities, this example of period rhetoric embodies autobiography in the Anthropocene, the event horizon of human signature.“Writing Towards & With Ethological Poetics & Non-Human Forms” Stuart Cooke, Griffith UniversityIn this article, I argue that the appreciation of non-human poetic forms, or an ‘ethological poetics,’ is a necessary but neglected mode of ecological relation and is especially important in the Anthropocene. Motivated by my own creative practice, I consider important examples of ethological poetics, before outlining how my compositional method attempts to incorporate insights from the environmental humanities and animal studies.“Becoming D/other: Life Narrative as a Transmuting Device” Astrid Joutseno, University of Helsinki
This essay explores the possibilities of extending the presence of an “I” of human (and nonhuman) self on the cusp of death or extinction. Reconfiguring loss of life as a story of hope through digital archiving, and viewing life as a device of transformation, I weave experiences and theory of illness time together with a new concept of D/other. I employ D/other in illustrating what is taking place with material and digital relationality.

Essays

“Writing the Lives of Plants” John Ryan, Emeritus University of New England

Phytography refers to human writings about plant lives as well as plant writings about their own lives. I conceptualize phytography in terms of vegetal intelligence, behavior, corporeality, and temporality. Narrating the complex worlds of plants, phytography uses a variety of formal strategies to advocate new possibilities for human-flora relations.

“‘If a Tree Falls…’: Posthuman Testimony in C. D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade” Eamonn Connor, University of Glasgow

During a period marked by profound ecological transformations, there has been surprisingly little consideration of how testimony may operate as a mediating discourse between human and nonhuman. Based on a close reading of C. D. Wright’s “memoir” Casting Deep Shade (2019), this article reconsiders the subject positions of witnessing in posthuman terms.

“Writing the Lives of Fungi at the End of the World” Alexis Harley, La Trobe University

This paper examines how three recent monographs writing the lives of fungi use the co-constitutive entanglements of mycorrhizal fungi and their symbionts in order to bring the contingent, relational conditions of being itself into sharper relief. The Anthropocene demands a heightened awareness of multispecies entanglements, bringing into question the humanist ideal of human agency by turning to the co-constitutive relations of human and nonhuman lives.

“Planetary Delta: Blues Memoir in the Anthropocene” Parker Krieg, University of Helsinki

This article argues that blues memoirs are an example of life writing in the Anthropocene. Building on ecocritical scholarship which suggests that blues is a neglected source of environmental culture that reframes debates around race, economy, and culture, it asks how blues memoirs offer alternative perspectives on the Anthropocene.

“Memoir and the End of the Natural World” Tony Hughes d’Aeth, The University of Western Australia

This essay draws on Dipesh Charkrabarty’s essay, “The Climate of History: Four Theses,” to test the capacity of memoir to bear witness to the Anthropocene. The essay focuses on three texts that feature memoirs of childhood on the wheat frontiers in Canada and Australia. As an instrument of colonization and indigenous dispossession, the impact of wheat was catastrophic, and these memoirs engage with the particular sites and circumstances that shape acts of remembering ‘wheaten childhoods.’

“‘As closely bonded as we are’: Animalographies, Kinship and Conflict in Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals and Eva Hornung’s Dog Boy” Grace Moore, University of Otago

Using the fiction of Ceridwen Dovey and Eva Hornung, this essay considers animalography as a medium to represent animal emotions, particularly when ties of kinship break down. It addresses the difficulties and power dynamics associated with speaking for non-human others, while engaging with Cynthia Huff’s cautions regarding the posthumanist life narrative.

Forum

Writing the Lives of Other-than-Humans

Jessica White and Gillian Whitlock

“‘Desperation for Life’: Writing Death in the Anthropocene”

The papers in this section focus upon writing the lives of other-than-humans, and the ethics and responsibilities that accompany this writing. They dwell upon ways in which animals can be written as subjects rather than objects, providing critical responses to deaths generated by industrial farming and mass extinctions.

“Writing The Cow: Poetry, Activism & the Texts of Meat” Jessica Holmes University of Washington

“Speaking As/For Sheep” Barbara Holloway, Australian National University

“A triumphal entry, a stifled cry, a hushed retreat” Rick de Vos, Curtin University

What’s Next?
“Deborah Bird Rose” Stephen Muecke, Flinders University

Artist’s Statement

Reviews

Rev. of The Self in Performance: Autobiographical, Self-Revelatory, and Autoethnographic Forms of Therapeutic Theater Eds. SUSANA PENDZIK, RENÉE EMUNAH, and DAVID READ JOHNSON. Laura Woods, Lesley University

Rev. of Victorians Undone: Tales of Flesh in the Age of Decorum KATHRYN HUGHES John Hopkins UP, 2018. Deborah Fratz, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Professor Ricia Anne Chansky, Ph.D.
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Research Affiliate, York University CERLAC
Fulbright Specialist in US Studies – Literature

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Hive mind!

I am once again thinking about artist biographies. Could anyone please point me to theoretical literature on auto/biography that explicitly addresses the relation between

  1. a) — Life and work (generally)
  2. b) — Life and work – specifically in connection with feminist/gender-sensitive approaches to auto/biography?

I would love to know how this has been theorized beyond the handful of texts I have so far found…
Thank you very much in advance!

Julia Lajta-Novak
(julia.novak@univie.ac.at)

— Dr. Julia Lajta-Novak Department of English and American Studies University of Vienna Campus Altes AKH Hof 8.3, Spitalgasse 2 1090 Vienna, Austria +43(0)699 81761689 www.julianovak.at

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Petition against destruction of the Etty Hillesum house Amsterdam

Dear IABA List Members,

I email you about the planned demolition of the house where Etty Hillsum wrote her war diary – one of the most important diaries written in the Netherlands.  It is a monumental house opposite the Concertgebouw, designed by the architect of the Stedelijk Museum. The only way to prevent this is international protest. I live close the Concertgebouw and since a few years protesting against the way the city is alowing, even stimulating, the large scale destruction of monumental 19th and early 20th century neighborhoods.  Three of my interests come together in this case: trying to save my neighborhood from being ruined – I live near the Etty Hillesum house – , the memory of WO2 in the Netherlands, and egodocuments .

One thing you can do is sign an on-line petition of the Etty Hillesum Onderzoekscentrum. This is the English text:

We, the Etty Hillesum Research Center, The Jewish Houses Foundation, Prof. dr. Klaas Smelik and others, observe that the building, Gabriël Metsustraat 6 represents a highly significant cultural-historical value because of the Jewish author Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) who lived there during the Second World War and wrote her world famous war diary. The building is a tangible reminder of this special writer and we believe that this heritage should be treated with care and respect. Unfortunately, we note that the building is in danger of being demolished and request the Minister of Education, Culture and Science to denominate the building as a national monument, so that it will be preserved and can remain a tangible place for remembrance of this very special and world-renowned Jewish writer for future generations.
https://ettyhillesumhouse.petities.nl/?fbclid=IwAR2Yo0Z5ZnrDMciK8ro3IL9R7uwL3eNynAM5gH5GtkeI5xdoeHgAl2ujNxs.

The Dutch text is below, also with other addresses to which protests can be sent.

with best wishes, Rudolf

Rudolf Dekker
Van Breestraat 116 (boven)
1071 ZV Amsterdam (31-20-6719651)

Facebook  STOP DE SLOOP VAN AMSTERDAM
Website: www.egodocument.net
En: www.panchaud.nl

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De monumentale huizen in de Gabriël Metsustraat, nummers 2, 4 en 6, staan op de nominatie om te worden gesloopt. Gabriël Metsustraat 6 is het huis waar Etty Hillesum haar dagboek schreef. De drie panden, ontworpen door de architect van het Stedelijk Museum, A.W. Weissman, liggen schuin tegenover het Concertgebouw. Het huis staat tussen twee rijksbeschermde monumenten – maar is toch door de gemeente Amsterdam vogelvrij verklaard.

U kunt tegen de voorgenomen sloop protesteren door
1. De petitie van de buurtbewoners te tekenen:
https://petities.nl/petitions/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=stop+sloopplannen&locale=nl
2. De petitie te tekenen van het Etty Hillesum Onderzoekcentrum en de Stichting Joodse Huizen:
https://ettyhillesumhouse.petities.nl/?fbclid=IwAR2Yo0Z5ZnrDMciK8ro3IL9R7uwL3eNynAM5gH5GtkeI5xdoeHgAl2ujNxs
3. Een email of brief te sturen aan de verantwoordelijke bestuurders en volksvertegenwoordigers en hen te vragen de sloop te voorkomen van deze monumentale huizen en dit  WO2-Holocaust erfgoed. Zie de adressen hieronder
4. Het bericht in De Erfgoedstem met commentaar te ondersteunen: https://erfgoedstem.nl/.
5. Dit bericht door te geven aan iedereen die het cultureel erfgoed van Amsterdam ter harte gaat.

Toelichting
Over het bouwbeleid in stadsdeel Amsterdam, zie de websites:
https://www.bouwwoedeamsterdam.nl/ en  https://amsterdamsloopt.nl/
Over de achtergronden van de sloop- en bouwwoede in Amsterdam: Rudolf Dekker, Roofbouw in Oud-Zuid. Bouwpraktijk en politiek in Amsterdam (ISBN 978-90-826730-3-6).
En het blog van buurtgenoot Marita Mathijsen: https://maritamathijsen.wordpress.com/.
Over Etty Hillesum:
De website van het Etty Hillesum Onderzoekcentrum: http://www.ehoc.nl/contact/.
Het dagboek van Etty Hillesum is in 18 talen vertaald.
Over haar: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etty_Hillesum
In Engelse Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etty_Hillesum
Het artikel van Klaas Smelik over dit huis in Joodse huizen. Verhalen over vooroorlogse bewoners (deel IV 2018) (zie https://www.joodsehuizen.com/).

De tekst van de petitie van de buurtbewoners
Zie ook: museumpleinbuurten.nl/gabriel-metsustraat-2-6/

Zoals u wellicht al via de media heeft vernomen worden de monumentale panden Gabriël Metsustraat 2, 4 en 6 met sloop bedreigd. Via deze email geven wij u aanvullende informatie en bieden u tevens de mogelijkheid een petitie te onderteken om te protesteren tegen deze gang van zaken. De tekst van de petitie is een verkorte versie van het onderstaande. Wij zijn buurtbewoners en/of Amsterdammers die zich tegen deze sloopplannen verzetten en de gemeentelijke- en landelijke overheid oproepen om deze aanslag op architectonisch-, cultureel- en oorlogserfgoed af te wenden. In het pand Gabriël Metsustraat 6 heeft Etty Hillesum haar beroemde oorlogsdagboeken geschreven. Wat hier nu dreigt te gebeuren brengt ons op wrange wijze in gedachten wat zij in haar dagboek van juli 1942 schreef: ‘Van alle kanten sluipt onze vernietiging naderbij’. Moet nu ook de herinnering daaraan worden vernietigd? Maar de voorgenomen sloop is ook een aanslag op de bijzondere architectuur van het Museumkwartier. Deze drie panden zijn ontworpen door de architect van het Stedelijk Museum, W.A. Weissman. Het is onbegrijpelijk waarom Hillesum’s woning nooit de monumentenstatus heeft gekregen. De Museumplein en omgeving tot een van de rijkste architectonische buurten uit de 19e en 20ste eeuw van de stad Amsterdam. Architecten van naam hebben hun stempel gedrukt op deze étalage van bouwkunst en stedenbouwkundige structuur. De sloop daarvan omwille van nietsontziend eigen gewin dient voorkomen te worden.  Wij hechten er aan dat met erfgoed in onze buurt zorgvuldig wordt omgegaan. Helaas, het Stadsdeel heeft geweigerd om het Museumkwartier aan te merken als beschermd stadsgezicht. Hierdoor ontneemt zij zichzelf het instrumentarium om tegen dit soort hersenloze moderniseringsdrang op te treden.Wij hopen dat de overheid alles wat in haar vermogen is in stelling wil brengen om deze aanslag op ons erfgoed te voorkomen en roepen o.a. de minister van OCW op, daar het stedelijk welstandsbeleid in deze kennelijk tekort schiet, om de panden Gabriël Metsustraat 2,4 en 6 te plaatsen op de lijst van rijksmonumenten.

De tekst van de petitie van het Etty Hillesum Onderzoekcenturm en de Stichting Joodse Huizen
Wij, hett Etty Hillesum Onderzoekscentrum, Stichting Joodse Huizen, Prof. dr. Klaas Smelik en andere, constateren dat het pand, Gabriël Metsustraat 6 een zeer belangrijke cultuur-historische waarde vertegenwoordigt omdat de Joodse Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) daar tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog haar oorlogsdagboek schreef. Het pand is een tastbare herinnering aan deze bijzondere schrijfster en wij vinden dat met dit erfgoed zorgvuldig en met respect omgegaan dient te worden. Helaas constateren wij dat het pand gesloopt dreigt te worden en verzoeken de minister van OCW het pand als rijksmonument aan te wijzen zodat het pand behouden blijft en ook voor volgende generaties een tastbare plek van herinnering aan deze bijzondere Joodse schrijfster kan blijven.
We, the Etty Hillesum Research Center, The Jewish Houses Foundation, Prof. dr. Klaas Smelik and others, observe that the building, Gabriël Metsustraat 6 represents a highly significant cultural-historical value because of the Jewish author Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) who lived there during the Second World War and wrote her world famous war diary. The building is a tangible reminder of this special writer and we believe that this heritage should be treated with care and respect. Unfortunately, we note that the building is in danger of being demolished and request the Minister of Education, Culture and Science to denominate the building as a national monument, so that it will be preserved and can remain a tangible place for remembrance of this very special and world-renowned Jewish writer for future generations.

Emails en brieven aan Amsterdamse bestuurders kunnen gericht worden aan:
Stadhuis, Postbus 202, 1000 AE Amsterdam, t.a.v.
Wethouder van Ruimtelijke Ordening Marieke van Doorninck (Groen Links)
Wethouder Wonen, Bouwen, Openbare Ruimte Laurens Ivens (SP)
Wethouder  Kunst en Cultuur, Monumenten en Erfgoed Touria Melian (Groen Links)

Brieven en emails aan het Stadsdeelbestuur Amsterdam Zuid kunt u sturen aan:
President Kennedylaan 923, 1079 MZ Amsterdam of Postbus 74019, 1070 BA, Amsterdam, t.a.v.
Voorzitter Sebastiaan Capel (D’66), portefeuille Bouwen en Wonen, Kunst en Cultuur, Monumenten en Erfgoed: Sebastiaan.Capel@amsterdam.nl
Vice-voorzitter Rocco Piers (GroenLinks), Openbare ruimte.

Brieven aan de Minister van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Ingrid van Engelshoven,

Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap
Rijnstraat 50, 2515 XP Den Haag

Brieven en emails aan de Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed:
https://www.cultureelerfgoed.nl/contact
Hobbemastraat 22, 1071 ZC Amsterdam


Rudolf Dekker
Van Breestraat 116 (boven)
1071 ZV Amsterdam
STOP DE SLOOP VAN AMSTERDAM

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Hello Life Writing Colleagues:

I’d like to draw your attention to the Stories of the Pandemic initiative, created by the interdisciplinary group Stories of Change. Graduate students have made this introductory video to show what the project is about. If you want, share a story of the pandemic, in any format (including any life writing) and we’ll post it.

Send your submissions to storychg@ualberta.ca. Thank you!

Video:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1etPV8aplEgNZn6o5rQMRXolz5QDihslU/view?fbclid=IwAR31ZACLxUCNVc7JOAbzxPRzgI-3L8ivWIxWgnEb2OHgGxt8aX1bsCA-9AU

Regards, Julie Rak

Julie Rak
Henry Marshall Tory Chair
Department of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
Humanities Centre 3-5
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E6, Canada
ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan), Treaty 6/Region 4 Métis Nation

Website: https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/julie-rak/home

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Life Writing, Volume 17, Issue 2, June 2020 is now available online on

Taylor & Francis Online.

The Selfless Ego part 1

This new issue contains the following articles:

Editorial
The Selfless Ego I. Memory and Imagination in Tibetan Hagiographical Writing
Lucia Galli & Franz Xaver Erhard
Pages: 153-159 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1728069Articles
Between Self-Expression and Convention: Tibetan Reflections on Autobiographical Writing
Ulrike Roesler
Pages: 163-186 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1620581Nested Autobiography: Life Writing Within Larger Works
David Templeman
Pages: 187-203 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1621443From Song to Biography and from Biography to Song: The Use of gur in Marpa’s namthar
Cécile Ducher
Pages: 205-219 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1621444The namthar in Khalkha Dzaya Paṇḍita Lobsang Trinle (1642–1715)’s Clear Mirror
Sangseraima Ujeed
Pages: 221-238 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1622387Reincarnation and Personal Identity in The Lives of Tibetan Masters: Linking the Revelations of Three Lamas of the Dudjom Tradition
Cathy Cantwell
Pages: 239-257 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1622392Traces of Female Voices and Women’s Lives in Tibetan Male Sacred Biography
Hanna Havnevik
Pages: 259-276 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1622393Forest Walking, Meditation and Sore Feet: The Southern Buddhist Biographical Tradition of Ajahn Mun and His Followers
Sarah Shaw
Pages: 277-296 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1622394
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Coronavirus Lost and Found is a new public archival project where anyone can log the things they’ve lost, or found, because of this pandemic.

Coronavirus is measured on the planetary scale, but felt at the human one. The losses that make the news are massive: thousands of lives, trillions of dollars. The losses that make this pandemic real to us are much smaller than that: one job eliminated, one celebration canceled, one sunny spring afternoon spent indoors, one irreplaceable person.  Unexpected pleasures coexist with all this sadness, though they don’t diminish it.  We find surprising things while we’re compelled to stay at home or maintain our distance.  We figure stuff out, stay in touch, get creative, keep kids entertained, appreciate our partners in new ways, daydream about all we’ll do on the other side of this.  Coronavirus Lost and Found is an archive of individual losses and those feats of care and ingenuity that make life in a pandemic a little more tolerable.

See what others have lost or found, and share your story at pandemicarchive.com.  And please forward this on to colleagues, students, and friends who might be interested in reading or contributing.

Thank you, and take care,
Rebecca

Rebecca A. Adelman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
UMBC Department of Media and Communication Studies*Add to the archive at Coronavirus Lost and Found: pandemicarchive.com*Figuring Violence: Affective Investments in Perpetual War (Fordham University Press, 2019)*www.rebeccaaadelman.com

===== General list info and FAQ: http://comm.umn.edu/~grodman/cultstud.html

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First articles of Volume IX of the European Journal of Life Writing are available

Dear Reader,

We’re happy to let you know that the first articles of Vol. IX of the European Journal of Life Writing have now been published:

  • Veijo Pulkkinen: ‘The Diary, the Typewriter and Representative Reality in the Genesis of Juha Mannerkorpi’s Päivänsinet
  • Veronika Barnaš: ‘Travelling Showpeople in Upper Austria from the Nineteenth Century to the Present’
  • John Miers: Review of Frederick Byrn Køhlert’s Serial Selves: Identity and Representation in Autobiographical Comics

All articles can be freely accessed at: https://ejlw.eu/.
More articles will be published in the coming weeks.

Monica Soeting / Petra van Langen
European Journal of Life Writing
Journal Managers
Email: m.soeting@xs4all.nl

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IABA Finland is postponed–IMPORTANT

Hello IABA colleagues,

On behalf of the IABA Executive and the Finland organizing team, we want to tell you that *IABA World in Finland is postponed to June 15-18, 2021.

If you are registered already for IABA World in Finland, you will get an information email tomorrow. You will be able either maintain your registration, or contact IABA Turku to request a full refund. All social events and keynotes will be retained for next year.

There will be another CFP for IABA Turku issued in September 2020, to give others the opportunity to apply to come. If you have any questions for the IABA Turku team, please contact them via their website here:

https://iabaturku2020.net/

All IABA regional conferences will be delayed to 2022.

The Executive wants to thank Maarit Leskelä-Kärki and her team for their brilliant planning so far, and for their speed and flexibility as they give us all something to look forward to. Life writing colleagues around the world, we’re all thinking of you. Please stay safe and healthy.

Regards,

The IABA Executive

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Information for XII IABA TURKU 2020 participants: CONFERENCE POSTPONED due to COVID-19 situation

 

Dear All,

This is to inform you about the implications of the coronavirus epidemic on our conference. We are fully aware of the difficult situation worldwide, and know that certain countries and universities in Europe have already banned travelling. Yesterday quite many big conferences were cancelled and/or rescheduled. Today we have heard of new travel bans that affect quite seriously the travel between Europe and US, at least for a month. We cannot know for sure how long lasting these bans will be, and definitely the situation at the moment makes it very difficult for many to make any decisions concerning traveling. The government of Finland held a press conference today and all events with more than 500 people have been banned until the end of May, and there are several other recommendations regarding the epidemic.

Due to all of this, we have been intensively discussing the situation within our group here in Turku and with the international IABA-team. After careful and thorough consideration, we have come to the conclusion that we will have to reschedule the conference. This is a very difficult situation from all possible perspectives, and we are quite devastated that we have to do this. But we have to put everybody’s safety and health first, and do our best to limit and contain the epidemic.

We will inform you all personally as soon as possible about the practicalities and also about the new schedule – we will discuss this with the international group first. Please wait for this follow-up information, as we cannot answer all individual emails right now.

Best wishes,

Maarit Leskelä-Kärki
Chair of the XII IABA 2020 TURKU organising committee

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Dear IABA List Members

I would also like to draw your attention to a book which I have just published. This is about – or better against – the so-called grey or leveling view on the five years of German Occupation and Holocaust in the Netherlands, which unfortunately has become mainstream:

Plagiarism, Fraud and Whitewashing: the Grey Turn in the History of the German Occupation of the Netherlands, 1940-1945, Amsterdam: Panchaud,  isbn 978-90-826730-7-4 (www.panchaud.nl)

Summary: This books discusses two problems in Dutch history writing. The first is plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct. The second is the current ‘grey’ view of the Netherlands during the Second World War in which the difference between victims and perpetrators is minimalized. The influential books and documentaries of journalist and historian Ad van Liempt and a fraudulent family memoir serve as case studies.

The chapter on the family memoir is, I think, of interest for the members of IABA.

Rudolf Dekker
Van Breestraat 116 (boven)
1071 ZV Amsterdam
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Website: www.egodocument.net
En: www.panchaud.hl

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Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to share that my book A Poetics of Arabic Autobiography:  Between Dissociation and Belonging, has recently been published by Routledge.

And a book description:

This book examines the poetics of autobiographical masterpieces written in Arabic by Leila Abouzeid, Hanan al-Shaykh, Samuel Shimon, Abd al-Rahman Munif, Salim Barakat, Mohamed Choukri and Hanna Abu Hanna. These literary works articulate the life story of each author in ways that undermine the expectation that the “self”—the “auto” of autobiography—would be the dominant narrative focus. Although every autobiography naturally includes and relates to others to one degree or another, these autobiographies tend to foreground other characters, voices, places and texts to the extent that at times it appears as though the autobiographical subject has dropped out of sight, even to the point of raising the question: is this an autobiography? These are indeed autobiographies, Sheetrit argues, albeit articulating the story of the self in unconventional ways.

Sheetrit offers in-depth literary studies that expose each text’s distinct strategy for life narrative. Crucial to this book’s approach is the innovative theoretical foundation of relational autobiography that reveals the grounding of the self within the collective—not as symbolic of it. This framework exposes the intersection of the story of the autobiographical subject with the stories of others and the tensions between personal and communal discourse. Relational strategies for self-representation expose a movement between two seemingly opposing desires—the desire to separate and dissociate from others, and the desire to engage and integrate within a particular relationship, community, culture or milieu. This interplay between disentangling and conscious entangling constitutes the leitmotif that unites the studies in this book.

Ariel M. Sheetrit

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Dear colleagues,

I am happy to announce that my monograph, Metabiography: Reflecting on Biography, has recently been published by Palgrave.

This book explores the contradictions of biography. It charts shifting approaches to the writing and reading of biographies, from post-hagiographical attitudes of the Enlightenment, heroic biographies of Romanticism and irreverent modernist portraits through to contemporary experiments in politically committed and hybrid forms of life writing. The book shows how biographical texts in fact destabilise the models of historical visibility, cultural prominence and narrative coherence that the genre itself seems to uphold. Addressing the fraught relationships between genre and gender, private and public, image and text, life and narrative that play out in the modern biographical tradition, Metabiography suggests new possibilities for reading, writing and thinking about this enduringly popular genre.

Chapter 1: Introducing Metabiography

Chapter 2: Approaching the Master: Gender, Genre, and Biographical Tradition

Chapter 3: Reading the Hero: Biography and Self-Transformation from Carlyle’s On Heroes to Bertram’s Nietzsche

Chapter 4: Rethinking the Protagonist: Subaltern Narrators and Biographical Fictions

Chapter 5: Digesting the Material: Narrative’s Efforts to Assimilate Life

Chapter 6: Medial Envy: Image-Text Relations in Biography

Chapter 7: Inscribing Absence: Missed Targets and Missing Subjects in Anti- and Pseudobiography

Chapter 8: Gendered Narratives: ‘She’, ‘He’, and Their Discontents in Biography

https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030346621

With best wishes
Caitríona

Professor Caitríona Ní Dhúill
Department of German
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
O’Rahilly Building
University College Cork
Ireland
+353 21 490 2077

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The Diary: The Epic of Everyday Life

Edited by Batsheva Ben-Amos and Dan Ben-Amos

Indiana University Press, 2020

The diary as a genre is found in all literate societies, and these autobiographical accounts are written by persons of all ranks and positions. The Diary offers an exploration of the form in its social, historical, and cultural-literary contexts with its own distinctive features, poetics, and rhetoric. The contributors to this volume examine theories and interpretations relating to writing and studying diaries; the formation of diary canons in the United Kingdom, France, United States, and Brazil; and the ways in which handwritten diaries are transformed through processes of publication and digitization. The authors also explore different diary formats, including the travel diary, the private diary, conflict diaries written during periods of crisis, and the diaries of the digital era, such as blogs. The Diary offers a comprehensive overview of the genre, synthesizing decades of interdisciplinary study to enrich our understanding of, research about, and engagement with the diary as literary form and historical documentation.

https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Epic-Everyday-Life-dp-0253046998/dp/0253046998/ref=mt_paperback?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=

Women’s Literary Tradition and Twentieth-Century Hungarian Writers

Anna Menyhért, translator Anna Bentley

Brill
In Women’s Literary Tradition and Twentieth-Century Hungarian Writers, Anna Menyhért presents the cases of five women writers whose legacy literary criticism has neglected or distorted, thereby depriving succeeding generations of vital cultural memory and inspiration. A best-selling novelist and poet in her time, Renée Erdős wrote innovatively about women’s experience of sexual love. Minka Czóbel wrote modern trauma texts only to pass into literary history branded, as a result of ideological pressure in communist times, as an ‘ugly woman’. Ágnes Nemes Nagy, celebrated for her ‘masculine’ poems, felt she must suppress her ‘feminine’ poems. Famous writer’s widow Ilona Harmos Kosztolányi’s autobiographical writing tackles the physical challenges of girls’ adolescence, and offers us a woman’s thoughtful Holocaust memoir. Anna Lesznai, émigrée and visual artist, wove together memory and fiction using techniques from patchworking and embroidery.
I regularly post on Facebook about the book, on a page entitled Women’s Literary Tradition: https://www.facebook.com/WomensLiteraryTradition/

 

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Prof. dr. Anna Menyhért
Professor of Trauma Studies, The University of Jewish Studies (OR-ZSE) – Budapest, HU
Affiliated researcher, University of Amsterdam, Department of Slavic and Russian Studies – Amsterdam, NL

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Limelight: Canadian Women and the Rise of Celebrity Autobiography
Katja Lee
Limelight: Canadian Women and the Rise of Celebrity Autobiography is the first book to explore the history and development of the celebrity autobiography and offers compelling evidence of the critical role of gender and nation in the way fame is experienced and represented.
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At the heart of fame is the tricky business of image management. Over the last 115 years, the celebrity autobiography has emerged as a popular and useful tool for that project. In Limelight, Katja Lee examines the memoirs of famous Canadian women like L. M. Montgomery, Nellie McClung, the Dionne Quintuplets, Margaret Trudeau, and Shania Twain to trace the rise of celebrity autobiography in Canada and the role gender has played in the rise to fame and in writing about that experience.

Arguing that the celebrity autobiography is always negotiating historically specific conditions, Lee charts a history of celebrity in English Canada and the conditions that shape the way women access and experience fame. These contexts shed light on the stories women tell about their lives and the public images they cultivate in their autobiographies. As strategies of self-representation change and the pressure to represent the private life escalates, the celebrity autobiography undergoes distinct shifts—in form, function, and content—during the period examined in this study.

Dr. Katja Lee
Communication and Media Studies, University of Western Australia
Managing Editor: Persona Studies

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The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe Mujuru, the Liberation Fighter and Kingmaker, by Blessing-Miles Tendi

There is also a cheaper paperback edition for the African market available via Cambridge Press South Africa: http://cup.co.za/products/the-army-and-politics-in-zimbabwe-mujuru-the-liberation-fighter-and-kingmaker-9781108815468
And here is a book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPd3Y_JGPFs
Below is a blurb and some endorsements:
General Solomon Mujuru (or Rex Nhongo) was an illustrious African liberation fighter in the 1970s. Until his mysterious sudden death in 2011, he was an important figure in Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU PF party in Zimbabwe. Through Mujuru’s life history, this book throws much needed light on the opaque elite politics of the 1970s liberation struggle, the post-independence army and ZANU PF. This first full-length biography of Mujuru examines his moments of triumph, as well as his shortcomings – in equal measure. From his undistinguished youth, and poor upbringing in colonial Rhodesia’s Chikomba rural area, through his rapid rise and notable feats in a transnational liberation struggle, his role as the first black commander of independent Zimbabwe’s national army, to his contentious political career and private life. Whatever your views are on African liberation politics, Zimbabwe’s post-independence army, ruling party politics and Mujuru’s controversial death by fire, this essential record of a prodigious life will irrevocably change them.
Endorsements:
‘This is the book everyone interested in Zimbabwean political history has been waiting for. Its biographical lens provides unique new insight into the ruling party and military. Moving from Mugabe’s rise to power in Mozambique, through the ceasefire, army integration and persecution of ZIPRA cadres in the early 1980s, to the bitter succession struggle of the 2000s, it reveals the workings of the deep state against Mugabe’s adversaries.’
JoAnn McGregor – University of Sussex
‘Tendi’s General Solomon Mujuru is an energetic, believable, Zimbabwean freedom fighter, post-independence politician, and eventual antagonist of President Robert Mugabe’s despotism. Tendi’s enthralling biography encapsulates the entire modern political evolution of a desperate country where even heroes are in the end destroyed by their fearful rivals.’

Robert I. Rotberg – Harvard University

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List member and journalist Helen Epstein (helenepstein.com) is pleased to announce that she has resuscitated her mother’s war memoir, FRANCI’S WAR, that was rejected by publishers in 1974 and is being published in seven countries in 2020. Her Afterword and Editorial Note provide a context for the memoir.

In the U.S. the publisher is Penguin Paperbacks: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/634452/francis-war-by-franci-rabinek-epstein/

Here are two pertinent blurbs:

“What are the qualities of a heroine tested and shaped by history, not by myth? She must have unflinching intelligence, wit, will, and honesty in the face of near-unbearable trials. Franci Rabinek Epstein was a worldly, pleasure-loving dress designer when the Nazi’s invaded Prague; she endured and prevailed when they sent her to Terezin, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Her voice is riveting whether she’s outwitting Josef Mengele, grappling with her own despair, discussing Dostoevsky with another prisoner, delousing her hair with kerosene or improvising a Cocteau monologue for a show the women inmates stage with canny defiance. She survived the worst of her times; she speaks to the best of ours.” — Margo Jefferson, Pultizer-prize winning author of Negroland: A Memoir

“By bringing her mother’s vivid and engrossing memoir into the public eye, Helen Epstein has made another important contribution to our knowledge of the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia. Franci’s War is full of passion, heartache and love — shedding light on humanity’s darkest era and providing added testimony to the incredible human capacity for resilience.” — Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State

If you want to catch Helen at one of her events this month live or livestream, look at “Events” on her webpage. If planes are still flying she will be in London in April.
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Nieuwsbrief Biografie Instituut / Newsletter of the Biography Institute

Februari 2020

[English version below ]

Symposium Fries Biografie Instituut
Op donderdag 12 maart zal het Fries Biografie Instituut van 13.00 tot 17.15 uur een symposium organiseren in Tresoar, het historisch en letterkundig centrum in Leeuwarden. Onder voorzitterschap van Hans Renders zullen verschillende sprekers vertellen over hun biografische onderzoek naar het leven van figuren uit de Friese cultuurgeschiedenis. Hij vroeg onder anderen Antoon Ott, promovendus bij het Biografie Instituut, om zijn onderzoek naar Nanne Ottema te presenteren. De middag zal worden afgesloten met een discussie. Aanmelden is mogelijk op de website van Tresoar.

Nominaties Plutarch Award bekendgemaakt
De jury van de Plutarch Award heeft tien boeken genomineerd voor de enige internationale biografieprijs die wordt toegekend door biografen. In de jury zaten Caroline Fraser, Peniel E. Joseph, Hans Renders, John Richetti, en Susan Ware. De uiteindelijke winnaar zal bekend gemaakt worden op zaterdag 16 mei tijdens de elfde jaarlijkse BIO conferentie in New York.

PhD-ceremonie Chris Gevers op 7 mei
Chris Gevers zal zijn proefschrift Boer Tammens, Houzee verdedigen op 7 mei, 14.30 uur in de aula van het academiegebouw. Onder begeleiding van Hans Renders en Doeko Bosscher schreef hij een biografie van Petrus Tammens, die in de geschiedenis van de stad Groningen een unieke plaats inneemt. Dat was niet door de korte duur van zijn bewind als NSB-burgemeester tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, maar vooral door zijn achtergrond als landbouwer.

Biografie D.F. Malan opnieuw uitgegeven   
De Zuid-Afrikaanse onderzoeker Lindie Koorts promoveerde in 2010 op haar biografie van D.F. Malan. Dit boek wordt op initiatief van het Biografie Instituut nu opnieuw uitgegeven in de reeks Over Leven.
In 1948 leidde Daniël François Malan, voormalig predikant in de Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk in Zuid-Afrika, zijn Nasionale Party naar de verkiezingsoverwinning. Voor veel Afrikaners een droom die uitkwam, maar met verstrekkende gevolgen voor het grootste gedeelte van de bevolking.

Meer informatie kunt u vinden op de website www.biografieinstituut.nl.
Voor aan‐ en afmelding van deze nieuwsbrief kunt u mailen naar biografie.instituut@rug.nl

Newsletter Biography Institute

February 2020

Conference Fries Biografie Instituut
On Thursday the 12th of March, 13.00 until 17.15 hrs., the Fries Biografie Instituut will organize a conference in Tresoar, the historical and cultural center in Leeuwarden, Friesland. Chaired by Hans Renders, various speakers will tell about their biographical research on the lives of figures in Frisian cultural history. He asked for example Antoon Ott, PhD-student at the Biography Institute, to present his research on Nanne Ottema. The afternoon will be closed with a panel discussion. Please register on the website of Tresoar.

Longlist Plutarch Award announced
The jury of the Plutarch Award has nominated ten books for the only international biography prize, awarded by biographers. Members of the jury were Caroline Fraser, Peniel E. Joseph, Hans Renders, John Richetti, and Susan Ware. The prize will be awarded on May 16, during the eleventh yearly BIO conference in New York.

Chris Gevers will defend his thesis on Petrus Tammens
On May 7, 14.30 hrs., Chris Gevers will defend his thesis Boer Tammens, Houzee in the aula of Groningen University. Under supervision of Hans Renders and Doeko Bosscher, Gevers wrote this biography on mayor Petrus Tammens, a remarkable figure in the history of the Dutch city of Groningen. During the Second World War, he governed the executive fascist board of the city, but was also known as a farmer.

Biography D.F. Malan reissued
The South-African researcher Lindie Koorts got her PhD in 2010 on her biography of D.F. Malan. Under auspices of the Biography Institute, this book will be reissued in the series Over Leven.
In 1948 Daniël François Malan, former minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in South-Africa, lead his Nasionale Party to an election victory. To many Afrikaners, a dream came true, but this had major repercussions to the biggest part of the people.

More information can be found on the website www.biografieinstituut.nl.

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James R. Farr, Who Was William Hickey? A Crafted Life in Georgian England and Imperial India (London and New York: Routledge, 2020). ISBN 13: 978-0-367-33119-1.

Who was William Hickey?  This book attempts to answer that question in light of current understandings of autobiography, narrative, and selfhood.  It reasserts the importance of the individual in history and the value of analyzing personal narratives to reveal the individual as a purposive social actor but without losing sight of constitutive cultural and social contexts. It intersects with several topics of keen interest among scholars from a variety of disciplines probing the processes of identity construction. Historians in particular will find here engagement with several historiographies concerning identity in Georgian England and Imperial India: the importance of gentility and the contested making of the gentleman, the role of sensibility in the construction of genteel identity, the nature of sexuality and the meaning of masculinity, and the fabrication of national identity and what it meant to be a Briton.

Jessica White, Hearing Maud

Hearing Maud (UWA Press, 2019) is a hybrid memoir that details the author’s experiences of deafness after losing most of her hearing at age four. It charts how, as she grew up, she was estranged from people and turned to reading and writing for solace, eventually establishing a career as a writer.

Central to her narrative is the story of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of 19th century Queensland expatriate novelist Rosa Praed. Although Maud was deaf from infancy, she was educated at a school which taught her to speak rather than sign, a mode difficult for someone with little hearing. The breakup of Maud’s family destabilised her mental health and at age twenty-eight she was admitted to an asylum, where she stayed until she died almost forty years later. It was through uncovering Maud’s story that the author began to understand her own experiences of deafness and how they contributed to her emotional landscape, relationships and career.

https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/hearing-maud-a-journey-for-voice

Jessica is co-editor, together with Prof Gillian Whitlock, of the forthcoming issue on ‘Life Writing in the Anthropocene,’ a/b: AutoBiography Studies, 35.1, 2020.

Dr Jessica White

UQ Amplify Associate Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts | The University of Queensland | Brisbane Queensland 4072 | Australia

Phone +61 7 336 52982 | Fax +61 7 336 52799 | Email jessica.white@uq.edu.au | Web www.communication-arts.uq.edu.au | CRICOS Provider Number 00025B

Recent publications:
Hearing Maud, UWAP, 2019. ‘Intertwining’Sydney Review of Books, 10 Oct. 2018. ‘K. and the NDIS’Westerly. May 9, 2019

 

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Life Writing, Volume 17, Issue 1, March 2020 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Introduction

Career Construction Theory and Life Writing
Hywel Dix
Pages: 1-7 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1712853

Articles
From Writer’s Block to Extended Plot: Career Construction Theory and Lives in Writing |
Hywel Dix
Pages: 11-26 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1429772

Undisguised alter ego: Mary McCarthy’s autofictional career
Jeffrey Clapp
Pages: 27-43 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1710556

Academic career construction: personnel documents as personal documents
Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle
Pages: 45-57 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1710638

The Auto/Biographical Journalist and Stories of Lived Experience
Karen Fowler-Watt
Pages: 59-74 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1710659

Career Construction in volatile settings: seeking congruence in a journalist’s world today
Michael Lee Humphrey & Lorie Humphrey
Pages: 75-88 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1710794

Narrative Medicine in China: how doctors write to understand the profession
Rong Huang
Pages: 89-102 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1710797

Writing the Self and Bereavement: Dialogical Means and Markers of Moving Through Grief
Reinekke Lengelle
Pages: 103-122 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2020.1710796

Reviews
The Life and Adventures of Harvey Teasdale, The Converted Clown and Man Monkey, with His Remarkable Conversion in Wakefield Prison
edited by Rosemary Whitcombe, Dawn Hadley, and Vicky Crewe, Brighton, Victorian Secrets, 2018, 106 pp., ISBN 9781906469634
Amber K. Regis
Pages: 125-128 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1611402

The ethics of storytelling: narrative hermeneutics, history and the possible
by Hanna Meretoja, New York, Oxford University Press, 2018, 368pp., £69 (hardback), ISBN: 9780190649364
Maria Tamboukou
Pages: 129-130 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1553485

The Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making It Real
by Arnaud Schmitt, New York and London, Routledge, 2017, 186 pp., ISBN-13: 978-1138710290
David Bahr
Pages: 131-134 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1466103

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives
by Leigh Gilmore, New York and Chichester, Columbia University Press, 2017, 240 pp., ISBN 9780231177153
Edward Saunders
Pages: 135-137 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1491086

The Art of Disappearing
by Elisabeth Hanscombe, Brisbane, Glass House Books, 2017, 264 pp., ISBN: 978-1-9252-3158-8
Kate Douglas
Pages: 139-141 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1497925

Secret Police Files from the Eastern Bloc: Between Surveillance and Life Writing
edited by Alison Lewis, Valentina Glajar and Corina L. Petrescu, Rochester, Camden House, 2016, 237 pp., ISBN 9781571139269
Ioana Luca
Pages: 143-147 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1464886

No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison
by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian, Picador, Pan Macmillan, 2018, 374 pp., (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-76055-538-2
Christina Houen
Pages: 149-152 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1529548

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Angela Hooks, Diary as Literature Through the Lens of Multiculturalism in America (January 2020, Vernon Press)

  1. Twelve voices, both academic and creative, analyses diary writing in its many forms from oral diaries and memoirs to letters and travel writing in the anthology The Diary as Literature: Through the Lens of Multiculturalism in America is divided into three sections: Diaries of the American Civil War, Diaries of Trips and Letters of Diaspora, and Diaries of Family, Prison Lyrics, and a Memoir, the contributors bring a range of expertise to this quasi-literary genre including comparative and transatlantic literature, composition and rhetoric, history and women and gender studies.This collection fills the void in the genre diary as literature and fits the field of Life Writing Studies.Diary as Literature is available at https://vernonpress.com/book/656
    Available at 24% discount (using code CFC275273E93 at checkout):
    or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Literature-Through-Multiculturalism-America/dp/1622736117/

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Newsletter Biography Institute

January 2020

[PDF-version]

Annual Report Biography Institute

The annual report 2019 of the Biography Institute is available in Dutch and in English.

PhD-ceremony Co Strootman on January 23
Co Strootman will defend his thesis Wie stuit de rebellie van de massa? P.J. Bouman 1902-1977 on January 23, 14.30 hrs in the aula of the academy building. Bouman was a famous professor of sociology at the University of Groningen and also a widely read author of popular science books. In his biography, attention is paid to his fight with science and the cause of his popularity. The book reveals an almost unknown Bouman: the obsessive labour on his project of life and his underlying motives, his simultaneous fight against and service to science. The biography shows Bouman as a self-appointed culture carrier who sometimes took a wrong turn, but above all gained success and fame.

Cover edited volume Different Lives designed
Next Spring, the edited volume Different Lives will be published by Brill. The book will contain the papers that were presented at the conference of the same name, organized by the Biography Institute. The Groningen artist Dolf Verlinden made the design for the cover of the book, which appears in the new series Biography Studies, with Hans Renders as Series Editor.

Jeroen Vullings now working for Elsevier
Vullings, who is writing a biography of the journalist Henk Hofland, now works for the news magazine Elsevier as the reviewer of literary fiction. Jeroen Vullings has been a critic for 23 years at the newspaper Vrij Nederland.

 

Book Announcement by Listserv Member:

Who Was William Hickey? A Crafted Life in Georgian England and Imperial India, by James R. Farr (New York and London: Routledge, 2020).

This book analyzes an example of life-writing, an autobiography that was written in the early nineteenth century. It will appeal to readers of many disciplines who are interested in understanding the interconnectedness of memory, textual narrative, and ideas of selfhood.  The author of this autobiography, William Hickey, projects a sense of self formed by a combination of an interiorized self-consciousness (an awareness of himself as an autonomous individual, although not one prone to deep self-reflection) and a socially turned self-fashioning.  Hickey’s self is realized through the production of a narrative, his self fixed and defined through the act of writing. As he wrote his memoirs, Hickey was engaged in purposeful textual representation to satisfy his perceived sense of place in his culture while tacitly reflecting the constraints of that culture imposed upon the form and content of the text.

HSR Supplement 32 (2019): Celebrity’s Histories: Case Studies & Critical Perspectives. ed. Robert van Krieken & Nicola Vinovrški

The latest supplement of the journal Historical Social Research (HSR) is published!

Until recently scholarly (wissenchaftliche) reflection on celebrity has tended to approach it primarily as a product of the twentieth century, but over the last few decades there has been increasing attention paid to its longer-term history.  The field has been expanding rapidly, along with the rigour and scope of the research approaches pursued, and this Supplement of Historical Social Research showcases a selection of key interventions both by established scholars and innovative younger researchers. Probably the most widespread approach is now to see the development of modern celebrity as anchored in the Enlightenment and the emergence of the public sphere in the eighteenth century, and this has produced a lively set of debates about how the role of celebrity in the public sphere should be analysed. Alongside those debates, there are also important things to be said about celebrity in earlier historical periods, as well as what its specific trajectories were in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Precisely because celebrity has a history, it is possible to identify particular periods when the surrounding societal changes were accompanied by connected changes in the character and dynamics of celebrity. This HSR Supplement covers the dynamics of the heightened attention paid to public figures in the eighteenth century, the ways in which the concept of ‘the King’s two bodies’ can be applied to ascribed and achieved celebrity, early-modern as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century theatrical and literary celebrity, American heroes in the nineteenth century, and sporting celebrity. While novelty, the state of being apparently unprecedented, is often the hallmark of the individual celebrity, celebrity as a phenomenon and the discursive themes surrounding it are anything but new, and its history remains an important and exciting field of innovative scholarship.

You will find table of contents and abstracts online. With a moving wall of six months, the HSR has a rich open access archive.

Contact Email:

 

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The editors of Biography are proud to announce the appearance of this special issue

Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 3, 2019

Biographic Mediation: On the Uses of Personal Disclosure in Bureaucracy and Politics
a special issue edited by Ebony Coletu

https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/41516
“Introduction to Biographic Mediation: On the Uses of Personal Disclosure in Bureaucracy and Politics”

Ebony Coletu

This special issue explores biographic mediation as a tool to analyze technical demands for personal disclosure that affect earnings and overexposure to policing. Biographic mediation refers to institutional documentation of personal information to make decisions about who gets what and why, alongside public critiques and calls to action that feature personal narratives. The issue engages the dialectic between bureaucracy and politics, where institutional paperwork and public perception of applicants interact, making the case for exploring less visible linkages between paperwork and politics to better understand how biographic data operates within a political economy. Contributors include scholars and activists working to redefine the scope of rights that are narrowed on paper, while drawing attention to mechanisms for surveillance operating through biographic forms.

“Biographic Mediation and the Formerly Incarcerated: How Dissembling and Disclosure Counter the Extended Consequences of Criminal Convictions”

Michelle Jones

When formerly incarcerated people seek access to resources and opportunities upon release they are often met with biographic mediation processes that weaponize stigma, as the demand for disclosure re-adjudicates criminality upon them.  Performing dissemblance and managing disclosure are two ways in which the formerly incarcerated counter the violence inherent in the carceral rationality of governance that works to break or keep broken, disabled, and therefore easily controlled, formerly incarcerated people. As this essay shows, weaponized stigma, while effective, is not absolute.

“A Complaint Biography”

Sara Ahmed

Originally appearing as a blog entry on Sara Ahmed’s public research site, Feminist Killjoys, this essay understands paperwork as a tool to both address and deflect complaints, with the file appearing as an object made to manipulate time and exhaust energy. By interviewing people who have engaged the complaint process, Ahmed develops a means of tracking tensions in the act of reporting, incorporating silences and the effect of time on decisions to withdraw complaints—to “get on with life.” Creating a working vocabulary from the interviews themselves, Ahmed proposes alternative forms of listening and accountability that exceed the reputation-management functions of university protocols. In this essay, Ahmed models a listening technique that takes place outside of the grievance protocol while reflecting on it publicly.

“Lives on the Line: An Interview with Aly Wane”

Aly Wane interviewed by Ebony Coletu

In this interview, Ebony Coletu speaks with Aly Wane, an undocumented immigrant and human rights organizer. Wane reflects on his own path to activism and how personal disclosure became a central part of his practice. Turning away from exceptional narratives tailored for national inclusion, Wane emphasizes the need to recuperate the criminalized remainder left out of immigration reform proposals. He contributes to a theory of biographic mediation by using his own story to interrogate the ways racial profiling, violence, and deportation operate together, marking the limits of “papers” as a form of protection. With specific attention to Black and indigenous experiences in the United States and the ongoing resource of Black feminism, he argues that citizenship cannot be the horizon for migrants’ rights organizing if it justifies mass incarceration, selective recognition, and patriarchy as a model of power.

“The Securitate File as a Record of Psuchegraphy

Cristina Plamadeala

Working primarily with Securitate files, currently stored at the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS), located in Bucharest and Popesti-Leordeni, Romania, this essay explains the various terror mechanisms the Securitate, Romania’s secret police during the country’s communist period, employed in order to gain recruits and employ them as part of its surveillance network. This article  discusses the following two concepts—psuchegraphy and dossierveillance—described herein as two terror methods applied by the Securitate to obtain informers and compel them to collaborate.

“‘Has someone taken your passport?’: Everyday Surveillance of the Migrant Laborer as Trafficked Subject”

Annie Isabel Fukushima

This article examines the role of the missing passport in human rights discourse about migrants who experience violence in the form of human trafficking. Fukushima argues that the passport and mechanisms of documentation that emerge in human trafficking survivor accounts are central to legal and social appeals for recognition. Through a scavenger methodology, the essay analyzes the “missing passport” in campaign materials, a survivor memoir (Shyima Hall), and court testimonies in U.S. v. Kil Soo Lee, Rana v. Islam, Lipenga v. Kambalame, Gurung v. Malhotra, U.S. v. Firas Majeed et al., and U.S. v. Wood. Ultimately, Fukushima explores how the question “has someone taken your passport?” discursively and socially compels the everyday person to participate in surveillance, thus witnessing transnational migrant laborers through the racializing and policing logic of biographic mediation that furthers neighborly suspicion.

“Guidelines for Squatting: Concerned Citizens of North Camden, 1978–1990”

Mercy Romero

Concerned Citizens of North Camden (CCNC), a multiracial activist group in Camden, New Jersey, used genres of organizational writing, from pamphlets to housing applications, to circulate and develop its practices, from squatting to a community land trust. CCNC developed a counter-bureaucracy to pressure policy reforms that included the least-resourced residents of North Camden. Throughout, CCNC carefully used biographic mediation—from their identification as “concerned citizens,” to a fixed sense of neighborhood affiliation and belonging, all designed to communicate across bureaucratic information networks that held the economic potential to alleviate the lived conditions of homelessness and push against discourses of demolition and blight.

“Frames of Witness: The Kavanaugh Hearings, Survivor Testimony, and #MeToo”

Leigh Gilmore

This article argues that three frames of witness competed in the 2018 Kavanaugh hearings: the life story of Supreme Court nominee—now Justice—Brett Kavanaugh that was fashioned for the nomination process, the survivor testimony of Christine Blasey Ford that interrupted it, and the cultural frame of #MeToo in which her testimony and his repudiation of it were heard, which includes the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearing and the accompanying pattern of erasing Black women as they bear witness. With reference to Judith Butler’s work on grievability, “Frames of Witness” identifies the potential affiliation of #MeToo discourse with other protest movements in order to underline how vulnerable subjects cross into testimonial spaces and find, or fail to find, a hearing.

“Call My Name: Using Biographical Storytelling to Reconceptualize the History of African Americans at Clemson University”

Rhondda Robinson Thomas

Biographical storytelling can be an effective means for higher education institutions like Clemson University, which was built by a predominately African American convict workforce on John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation, to reclaim complicated public narratives that are informed by the history of slavery and its legacies enacted in Jim Crow policies and practices. Thomas examines how biographic mediation enables the extraction of details from historical records that were created to commodify or criminalize people of African descent who are inextricably intertwined with institutional histories for the creation of life histories. The author asserts that biographic accountability can lead to the development of a multifaceted approach to acknowledging and commemorating Black labor as a critical component of the building and sustaining of higher education institutions, while offering descendants the documentation they need to make a case for redress and reparations.

“Mirror Memoirs: Amita Swadhin on Survivor Storytelling and the Mediation of Rape Culture”

Amita Swadhin interviewed by Ebony Coletu

Ebony Coletu interviews Amita Swadhin, the founder of Mirror Memoirs, a national storytelling and organizing project featuring the narratives, healing, and leadership of LGBTQI+ people of color who survived child sexual abuse. Recently, they completed sixty audio interviews for a growing archive that brings storytelling to bear on our understanding of how institutional spaces designated for “help” sustain child sexual assault. Working through the theme of this special issue, Swadhin reflects on biographic mediation as a mechanism operating within Mirror Memoirs, explaining how the collection of “inconvenient” stories about survivorship can help transform institutional practices of profiling that disappear the most vulnerable targets of violence.

“The Consumption of Adoption and Adoptees in American Middlebrow Culture”

Kimberly McKee

Interested in how the media engages instances of fraud within adoption, as well as how adoptees negotiate the practices that led to their adoptions, this essay explores the reunion of Korean adoptee twins Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier. The author analyzes the depiction of the twins’ reunion in the documentary Twinsters (2015) and Futerman and Bordier’s reflections in their co-authored memoir. Central to this analysis is how biographic mediation functions—demands for personal disclosure affect public perception of adoption and adoptees’ reflections of their adoption experiences—to shape the documentary’s arc, and how it affects what information is disclosed in the memoir. Operating simultaneously is how adoption agencies and institutions mediate their adoption records, and what is shared to both adoptees in adulthood and adoptive parents during the adoption process.

“(Un)Reasonable, (Un)Necessary, and (In)Appropriate: Biographic Mediation of Neurodivergence in Academic Accommodations”

Aimée Morrison

Using neuroqueerness as a heuristic as well as a form of situated auto/biographical knowledge, this article considers the biographic mediation of disability in the academic workplace. Ultimately, what is at stake when disability makes itself visible to the institution is not so much whether the provision of extra administrative assistance or noise-mitigating equipment is affordable. It is, instead, this: what do disabled lives mean? The main sites of biographic mediation of disability in the academic workplace are diagnosis; the formalized process of disclosure and verification in the university accessibility bureaucracy; and the enactment and framing of any granted accommodation. Each site is the ground for battles over agency enacted through the solicitation, management, and framing of disabled life stories. Biographic mediation of disability in the academic workplace works to contain and control difference in such a way as to leave intact the fundamentally ableist set of values, practices, and built environments that constitute the institution known as “the university.”

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The editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies are delighted to share that issue 34.3 Autumn 2019 is now available. This special issue–Engaging Donna Haraway: Lives in the Natureculture Web–was guest edited by Cynthia Huff, Illinois State University, and Margaretta Jolly, University of Sussex, and features a new essay by Donna Haraway.
This issue is available digitally on our Routledge website and in print to subscribers. Subscriptions include print and digital access (including access to our full archive), and may be obtained by emailing societies@tandf.co.uk.
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Situating Donna Haraway in the Life Narrative Web
Cynthia Huff, Illinois State University
This introduction argues that Donna Haraway’s key concepts can provocatively trouble foundational frameworks in life writing/narrative studies to question and expand the meaning of autobiography and the scholarly practice of autobiography studies. It also situates contributor’s pieces to this special issue in relation to Haraway’s work, to autobiography studies, and to each other.Revisiting Catland in 2019: Situating Denizens of the Chthulucene
A response to “The Writer of the Companion-Species Manifesto Emails her Dog-People”
Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa CruzHaraway and Cyborgs
Life and the Technological: Cyborgs, Companions and the Chthulucene
Kate O’Riordan, University of Sussex
Haraway’s cyborg is a widely travelled figure with an important relation to life writing. This article traces the cyborg through modes of life writing, and routes through feminist science fiction and science studies. It examines attachments and anger, looking at the return of the alienated cyborg in recent accounts of Haraway’s work.
Modest_Witness in the Wire: Haraway, Predictive Algorithims, and Online Profiling –
Joel Haefner, Illinois Wesleyan University
Donna Haraway’s concepts of the cyborg and a modest_witness have renewed salience in today’s digital world, as online profiling, Big Data, and predictive personality algorithms alter human subjectivities as part of an identity feedback loop. These evolutions in turn trouble life writing theoretical constructs such as narration, authenticity, agency, automediality, and collaboration.
More Than Props: Metaphor, A Biological Imperative
Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, School of Visual Arts, New York City
This reflection on the 20th anniversary edition of Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleManÓMeets_OncoMouseÔ  (New York: Routledge, fall 2018) draws from the preface to “Nothing Comes Without Its World,” a collaborative conversation between Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and Donna J. Haraway in 2017.
Bound in the Spiral Dance: Haraway, Starhawk, and Writing Lives in Feminist Community
Joan Haran, University of Cardiff
This article uses the figure of the Spiral Dance to draw out biographical, theoretical, and political similarities and points of friction between Haraway and Starhawk. It suggests that Haraway’s assertion that she would rather be a cyborg than a goddess foreclosed possibilities in feminism that have taken decades to reconstruct.Hawaway and Animals
From the Autobiographical Pact to the Zoetrophic Pack
Cynthia Huff, Illinois State University
Using concepts drawn from Donna Haraway’s work, I propose the zoetrophic pack as a possible figuration to replace Philippe Lejeune’s autobiographical pact. Doing so helps refigure a foundational concept in autobiography studies by foregrounding nonhuman actants and troubling issues of representation, identity, and experience, all central to autobiography studies.
The Jollies: A Biographical Artwork about Primatologist Alison Jolly
Rachel Mayeri, Harvey Mudd College
The Jollies is a video about the late primate scientist Alison Jolly, narrated by lemurs, a langur monkey, and a dog, whose voices are Jolly’s colleagues, daughter, and Donna Haraway. The essay reflects on biographical artwork, gender in the history of primatology and science, and talking animals.
Survival Writing: Autobiography vs. Primatology in the Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly
Margaretta Jolly, University of Sussex
Donna Haraway’s ecological visions frame this exploration of my mother Alison Jolly’s writings as a primatologist of ringtailed lemurs. My mother, I propose, chose auto/biographical modes to unsettle anthropomorphic and Western perspectives and to enhance conservation efforts in Madagascar. I find solace in this, and in Haraway’s ideas about survival as publisher of mum’s diaries after her death.Haraway and Genre
Genetic Prosopography and Caste: Natureculture in Contemporary India
Pramod Nayar, University of Hyderabad
Donna Haraway’s theorization of natureculture webs has enormous potential for reading collective biographies (prosopography) that involve genetic ‘roots’ and ‘routes.’ This essay examines the genetic prosopographic narratives revolving around caste identity in India and their imbrication of genetic ‘testimony’ and contemporary cultural identities.
Linea Nigra: Posthuman M/Others
Francesca Ferrando, New York University, Gisella Sorrentino , and Elena Cappanera
Delving in the post-dualistic reading of a posthuman pregnancy, three new mothers—a philosopher, a photographer and a video-maker—developed this project to express the deeper meaning of motherhood in the XXI century, inspired by the messages of (in alphabetic order): Hannah Arendt, Rosi Braidotti, and Donna Haraway.
Composite lives: Making-with our multispecies kin (Imagine!)
Stephen Abblitt, La Trobe University (Writing from Below)
Inspired by the companionist, compostist philosophies of Donna Haraway, this paper imagines a sympoietic life narrative which traverses life and lives (individual, social, biological, special, molecular, atomic…), demanding we engage in an emergent autobiomediated collaboration¬with other human, non-human and non-animal lives—making-with our multispecies kin. Imagine!
Registering the Self and the Registers of Self: Towards an Ethics of Collaborative Autobiography
Parvathy Das and Vinod Balakrishnan, National Institute of Technology
The paper proposes a model for the subject-collaborator relationship where Haraway’s diffraction and mutated modest witness are posited as the new registers of collaborative self formation. The paper examines situated ethics in the collaborative autobiographies of Nalini Jameela and Mayilamma.Teaching and Being Taught by Haraway
Haraway’s Material-Semiotic Knot: A Learning-Teaching Response for Creative-Critical Times
Alexis Harley, La Trobe University
“A Manifesto for Cyborgs” and The Companion Species Manifesto open wide discussions about identity, relationship, and what Haraway calls the material-semiotic knot. Haraway’s deconstruction of the semiotic/material binary implicates, this essay argues, a whole suite of binaries: content/form, representation/the represented, animal/plant, active/passive, teaching/learning, writing/reading, inside/outside. This essay and the classroom it is about how the studying of these texts and themes can involve a practice of material-semiotic knottedness, in turn putting pressure on the implicated binaries. Following Haraway’s lead, this essay and the classroom it is about explore how personal lived material experience is already knotted with how we read and make theory. They find their way to the mimosa, a plant and a figure (in Haraway’s sense) that helps with thinking through Haraway’s radical ontology.
Soils for Making Kin: Compost, Saudade, Com-bios
Katie King, University of Maryland
“Making Kin,” Haraway’s slogan for worldly flourishing, prepares a compost of life writings. These “soils” nurture four meditations: on serious jokes, on returns and repetitions of place and kinship, on friendship as a method of presence in absence, and on the political play of common goals with divergent motives.First, Last, Always Haraway
It Matters What Stories Tell Stories, It Matters Whose Stories Tell Stories
Donna Haraway, University of California, Santa Cruz
Aiming to craft symstories and symbiographies, the essay below proposes several short instances of compost writing. First, retelling another’s personal and family stories foregrounds the question of who owns stories, who has access to whose stories, who is safe enough to tell their stories, and who lives and dies as a result. Second, represented by the Crochet Coral Reef, earth stories propose reconfiguring organisms as holobionts to foreground collective becoming-with. Third, an Iñupiak computer game shows the complexity of collaborations for telling decolonial geostories in continuing times of rapid destruction and extinction. Finally, the author’s SF story proposes speculative fiction to strengthen the difficult search for multispecies reproductive justice.
Reviews
Rev. of Autobiographical Writing in Latin America: Folds of the Self. Sergio Franco and translated by Andrew Ascherl Cambria Press, 2017. Ana Roncero-Bellido, Gonzaga University
Rev. of Facebook Society: Losing Ourselves in Sharing Ourselves. Roberto Simanowski. Trans. Susan H. Gillespie. Columbia University Press, 2018. John David Zuern, University of Hawaiʻi at MānoaNotes on Contributors

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Journal of Modern Life Writing Studies
No.13, Autumn 2019
Center for Life Writing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Contents
Editor’s Note
Special Section: Interview
An Introduction to the Work of Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson
…………Sidonie Smith and Julia WatsonText Studies
A Summary of Biographies of “Contemporary Writers” in the 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up……Wei Xue  Quan Zhan
Self-Establishment through History——A Comment on Zhang Xinying’sThe First Halfof Shen Congwen’s Life (1902-1948)……Zhang Yang
“Fictional Truth” and the Construction of the Spiritual Image: A Study of Li Changzhi’s Biography
……Li Qiting
The Resistance to Suffering and the Increase of Life Value: On the Autobiographical Works by Disabled Contemporary Writers……Xue Haojie
Nature and Self-identity: A Case Study of The View from Castle Rock……Zhu YanAutobiography Studies
Out of the Bamboo Curtain: An Interpretation of the Consciousness of Modern Chinese Women fromDaughter of Confucius: A Personal History……Li Junhao Yin DexiangDiary Studies
The Stylistic Changes and the Exploration of Its Connotation in TheSequel of Wu Mi’s Diary
…………Huang Yanwei
Supplementary Studies on the Diary of Liu Kang……Ho Yi KaiHistory of Life Writing
The Power of Invention: Anne Hathaway in Shakespeare’s Biographies……Xu Qinchao
A Biography of the Time and an Autobiography of the Soul: A Study on Letters of Madame de Sévigné……Cao LeiSubject Studies
“The First and Most Lasting Intelligent Model”: On the Influence of Leslie Stephen on Woolf’s Creation……Jiao Hongle
Mark Twain’s Get-Rich-Quick Complex: From “The Tennessee Land” in Autobiography of Mark Twain……Xue Yufeng
Note on an Autobiographical Narrative in Franz Kafka’s Diary……Zhao ShankuiFilm Biography
Time Shaping Strategies and Biographee’s Identity Construction of Chinese Film Biography
……Fan LuluLife Writing Materials
Zhou Zuoren and the New Literary Education of Yenching University……Liu Ying Tang Zhihui
A Study on Zhou Zuoren’s Visit to Japan in 1934: Taking the Contact with Dojin Association as an Approach……Xu XiaohongFrom the Life Writer
On the Selection of Biographical Subjects and Exploration of Materials: The Presentation at the Life Writing Workshop Hosted at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics
……Han ShishanAcademic Info
Our Commitment to the Cause of Life Writing: A Summary of the Seven-Year Major Project
……Our Editor
The Presentist and Futurist Turns of Life Writing: Review of the PKU-KCL Joint Symposium
……Huang RongInstructions to ContributorsFrom the EditorFrom the Editor
This issue features many fresh and interesting topics in 20 papers.
Two U.S. scholars Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson brief on their efforts, through which a snapshot of American autobiographical studies in the recent 40 years is conveyed. What is particularly interesting to us is the eleven new topics of life narrative studies, i.e. autoethnography, automediality, trauma and testimony, empathetic identification and ethics, archives, relationality, self-translation and transnational identifications and identities, trans-writing, eco-autobiographical writing, racialization and ethnic identification, and biofiction in life narrative. Both the exact definitions and the topics require exploration to broaden our horizon and inspire our thinking.
The 40 years since the reform and opening-up have witnessed spectacular achievements in literary biography, of which Wei Xue and Quan Zhan have made a summary. One of Quan’s major achievements to China’s life-writing studies is his comprehensive conclusion of life-writing development from different perspectives and aspects, on the basis of his consistent and painstaking collection, reading and selection of voluminous life-writing works and his compilation, categorization and assessment. In so doing, his efforts facilitate understanding of the general development of contemporary China’s life writing and further researches. This paper sets a good example in the analysis of the background of literary biography popularity and its pros and cons.
To the extent that Zhang Xinying’s Shen Congwen is prominent in recent literary biographies, Zhang Yang’s “Self-Establishment through History” criticizes Zhang’s The First Half of Shen Congwen. Instead of merely focusing on this work, Zhang Yang also provides his understanding of Shen Congwen studies, comparison of different biographies of Shen Congwen and the exploration of biographical writing approaches. Her broad academic interests and active thinking as a young scholar deserve praise.
Li Changzhi is among the most significant Chinese biographers and literary critics in the 20th century, but the research on his biographies is far from mature. As a young MA candidate, Li Qiting reviews his biographies of Sima Qian and Li Bai despite all the challenges. Though there is room for improvement in her analysis and elaboration, her broad perspectives, quick wit and reasonable analysis are commendable.
Life writing features humanistic concern, while life writing of the disabled and patients focuses on this regard and spiritual inspiration. Xue Haojie reveals the theme of “the resistance to suffering and the increase of life value” in the four autobiographies of the disabled. Since many papers in this regard have been published in our journal, we call for your attention.
The concept of life writing has been explored in our journal repeatedly. With biography and autobiography as its core, life writing is a broader term. It is helpful to understand its connotation that Zhu Yan analyzes Canadian Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro’s The View from Castle Rock as a text in this category.
One biographical research on Republican figures is published in this issue. The awakening progress of feminine consciousness in the confrontation between Chinese and Western civilizations is delineated in the interpretation of Daughter of Confucius:A Personal History made by Li Junhao and Yin Dexiang. This biography is their recent discovery overseas and may function as a supplement to China’s history of modern life writing.
Diary is a long-standing form in China’s culture. Owing to the secrecy, however, few of them are available to the general public. This situation has changed recently. Two papers are concerned with diary texts in this issue and all the diarists are famous cultural figures, though their experience and purpose are quite different. Both scholars peruse the texts respectively to explore the historical value of private narratives and examine the diarists’ personality and life goals. Wu Mi is a famous professor of Chinese mainland. Huang Yanwei focuses on the mental world in The Sequel of Wu Mi’s Diary, his emotional catharsis in suffering, struggles, painstaking efforts and earnest expectation. Liu Kang is a fine art student leaving Shanghai for South China in the 1930s and lately becomes a prestigious artist in Southeast Asia with rare experience. Ho Yi Kai’s research on Liu’s diary is designed to sort up the rich records and discover its documentary value.
In the section of History of Life Writing, an interesting issue is raised in Xu Qinchao’s “The Power of Invention.” Taking Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway as an example, Xu argues that generations of Shakespeare have shaped a vivid female character of her out of few materials available through speculation and imagination, thus resulting in a more true-to-life character and experience of Shakespeare and a more in-depth interpretation of his dramas and sonnets. In this sense, Xu makes a supplement to the statement that “truth is the vitality of biography” and puts forward that “invention is also the vitality of biography”. Are the two statements in conflict with each other? We invite your discussion on this issue.
A Biography of the Time and an Autobiography of the Soul: A Study on Letters of Madame de Sévigné is also an object for history of life writing, for it records French upper-class life in the 17th century and is important materials of feminist movement history. Cao Lei stresses the “autobiography of the soul” in this paper and this work is unneglectable in the turn to autobiographical studies.
Three novelists are discussed in the section of Subject Studies. Virginia Woolf is not merely famous for the stream of consciousness novel, but one of the founders of Anglo-American modern life writing and life-writing theories. It is interesting how she combines the two different genres, which is partly accounted for by Jiao Hongle’s analysis of the influence of her father Leslie Stephen. Mark Twain mentioned “The Tennessee Land” purchased by his grandfather, which is identified by Xue Yufeng as the password to understanding Twain’s whole life and source of his “get-rich-quick complex” and “get-rich-quick narrative”. This is a reasonable and interesting interpretation. Through the comparison of different versions Kafka’s diaries and biographies, Zhao Shankui examines the life stories of some of the novelist’s family members and explores how they were converted to literary stories to reveal the process of his conception. It is a challenge to understand the biographical subject’s artistic world through the textual research of certain details, but Zhao’s efforts are a successful model.
A great many papers on the issue of narration in China’s film biography have been published in our previous issues. Fan Lulu examines narrative time and discovers “intercepting time” and “retrospective time” are two typical time-shaping strategies designed to embody the ethical intent of the director and play an essential role in constructing the biographee’s identity. This research is inspirational to textual biography.
Two researches on historical materials concern Zhou Zuoren. Tang Zhihui examines Zhou’s efforts and contribution in the new literature education at Yenching University, while Xu Xiaohong discusses the writer’s visit to Japan in 1934 and his relations with Dojin Association. The two contributors demonstrate their adeptness in collection and selection of materials and contribute to understanding such a complex figure as Zhou Zuoren.
“On the Selection of Biographical Subjects and Exploration of Materials” is a lecture by Han Shishan and elaborates on the fundamental issues in life writing frequently discussed by life writers and theorists. The unique value of this paper lies in Han’s well-informed discussion based on his rich writing experience and his humorous style.
Two papers are published in the section of “Academic Info”. One is a report of the accomplishment of the Major Project (“Compilation and Research of Overseas Life Writing on Modern Chinese People”) sponsored by National Social Sciences Fund, and it cost more than 20 experts over seven years’ grueling efforts. This report is a valuable record in the history of China’s life writing.
Huang Rong’s conference review briefs on the discussion of the issue “Presentist and Futurist Turns of Life Writing” by life-writing experts from Peking University and King’s College London. This report features both new materials of life-writing studies and assumptions of future life writing and is worth reading.June, 2019

Instructions to Contributors

Mission

Life writing studies have moved onto the central stage in the academia and gained ever more attention both in and outside China. As the first scholarly journal in the field of China, the biannual journal Modern Life Writing Studiesintends to fill up the blank of life writing studies in China, provide a venue for scholars all over the world, attract and promote specialists in the field.
Aiming to keep abreast of the cutting edge of life writing research, Our journal seeks to, in modern views and perspectives, explore various topics of life writing in China and in the world, with almost 20 sections included, such as Interview, Comparative Biography, Theory Study, History of Life Writing, Text Study, Autobiography Study, Diary Study, Subject Study, Film Biography, Book Reviews, Life Writing Materials, From the Life Writer, etc.
Ever since its appearance in 2013, our journal has been well-received by scholars at home and abroad and fundedby a steady grant from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It is exerting increasingly greater influence in academia with a due wide positive response. In 2017, our journal was included in CSSCI (Chinese Social Science Citation Index), and listed in the international academic literature or included in the annual annotated bibliography by world prestigious universities.
Our journal accepts both Chinese and English submissions. All the articles will be subject to anonymous peer review.Style
Submissions are welcome from both Chinese and international researchers. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted. English papers should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words of text in length (including notes), while English book reviews are about 2,500 words. Full-length articles take up most part of the journal, but short essays with originality and fresh ideas are also welcome.Submission Guidelines
All written submissions should be formatted according to the eighth edition of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. All submissions should include a 100-word abstract both in Chinese and English, keywords (less than 5), a 70–word biographical statement, and works cited. Please adhere to the following requirements:
•   Double spacing, Times New Roman, 12–point font
•   One-inch margins
•   Only Microsoft Word doc or docx files will be accepted
•  Citations should be provided in parenthetical reference followed by “Works Cited”.
•  Endnotes are preferred if there are any.Submissions should be emailed in Word format to the editor sclw209@sina.com. Each contributor will get two complimentary copies once his/her paper is published.Our journal is based at SJTU Center for Life Writing. We welcome suggestions and proposals, from which we believe our journal will surely benefit.

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La vérité d’une vie La Vérité d’une vie Études sur la véridiction en biographie

Textes réunis par Joanny Moulin, Nguyen Phuong Ngoc & Yannick Gouchan Éditions Honoré Champion Bibliothèque de littérature générale & comparée n° 162 392 p., broché, 15,5 × 23,5 cm. ISBN 978-2-7453-5204-0. 40 €

Qui manquerait une porte ? Ainsi parlait Aristote de la vérité pour dire qu’elle est immanquable, alors que paradoxalement il est impossible de l’atteindre absolument. Ces études ont en commun de partir pragmatiquement du constat que le principal obstacle à une théorie de la biographie comme genre littéraire distinct est le préjugé moderne que tout est fiction, ou à tout le moins que toute écriture en relève nécessairement. Sitôt cette vérité énoncée, on voit bien que c’est une évidence et que pourtant elle est fausse. Ce paradoxe, qui est aussi celui du menteur, ouvre une brèche où s’engouffre comme un courant d’air la possibilité d’un regain de l’expérience esthétique littéraire. En effet, la biographie nous interpelle autrement que la fiction parce qu’elle est véridiction, parce qu’elle est volonté de dire vrai. En cela, elle est comme la vie une bataille toujours perdue d’avance, mais où se livrent parfois de beaux combats.

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Lamees Al Ethari

Waiting for the Rain: An Iraqi Memoir

 

“In this memoir, Lamees Al Ethari traces her transition from an idyllic childhood in a large extended Iraqi family to the relative stability of an exilic family life in Canada. Through memory fragments, flights of poetry, diary entries, and her own art, the author reveals the trauma suffered by Iraqis, caused by three senseless wars, dehumanizing sanctions, a brutal dictatorship, and a foreign occupation. Finely observed, highly personal, and intensely moving, this account also gives testimony to the Iraqi people’s resilience and the humanity they manage to preserve in the face of adversity. It is the other voice, behind the news flashes.”

https://www.mawenzihouse.com/product/waiting-for-the-rain/

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WITNESSING GIRLHOOD

TOWARD AN INTERSECTIONAL TRADITION OF LIFE WRITING

By Leigh Gilmore and Elizabeth Marshall
Fordham University Press, 2019

When more than 150 women testified in 2018 to the sexual abuse inflicted on them by Dr. Larry Nassar when they were young, competitive gymnasts, they exposed and transformed the conditions that shielded their violation, including the testimonial disadvantages that cluster at the site of gender, youth, and race. In Witnessing Girlhood, Leigh Gilmore and Elizabeth Marshall argue that they also joined a long tradition of autobiographical writing led by women of color in which adults use the figure and narrative of child witness to expose harm and seek justice. Witnessing Girlhood charts a history of how women use life narrative to transform conditions of suffering, silencing, and injustice into accounts that enjoin ethical response. Drawing on a deep and diverse archive of self-representational forms—slave narratives, testimonio, memoir, comics, and picture books—Gilmore and Marshall attend to how authors return to a narrative of traumatized and silenced girlhood and the figure of the child witness in order to offer public testimony. Emerging within these accounts are key scenes and figures that link a range of texts and forms from the mid–nineteenth century to the contemporary period. Gilmore and Marshall offer a genealogy of the reverberations across timelines, self-representational acts, and jurisdictions of the child witness in life writing. Reconstructing these historical and theoretical trajectories restores an intersectional testimonial history of writing by women of color about sexual and racist violence to the center of life writing and, in so doing, furthers our capacity to engage ethically with representations of vulnerability, childhood, and collective witness.

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Witnessing Girlhood brilliantly analyzes the role of childhood to trauma narrative and reader empathy. Working against the cliché of the sentimentalized child, Gilmore and Marshall demonstrate with clarity and determination that the ‘white savior’ trope in life writing about trauma is not the ascendant mode. This book’s depth and quality emerge from the authors’ profound, long-standing investment in trauma studies and childhood.  

Katharine Capshaw, University of Connecticut

Witnessing Girlhood is a tour de force: demanding and authoritative. Gilmore and Marshall articulate a powerful analysis of representations of girls and women on the fraught subjects of domestic violence, rape culture, survivor and victim identity, and persistent concerns about intrinsic female vulnerability. Here is a necessary and eloquent feminist affirmation on issues of gender and violence. –

Gillian Whitlock, author of Soft Weapons and Postcolonial Life Narratives: Testimonial Transactions

Table of Contents

Introduction: Witnessing Girlhood | 1

1. Girls in Crisis: Feminist Resistance in Life Writing by Women of Color | 13

2. Gender Pessimism and Survivor Storytelling in the Memoir Boom:
Girl, Interrupted, Autobiography of a Face, and Nanette | 38

3. Visualizing Sexual Violence and Feminist Child Witness:
A Child’s Life and Other Stories and Becoming Unbecoming | 63

4. Teaching Dissent through Picture Books:
Girlhood Activism and Graphic Life Writing for the Child | 86

Epilogue. Twenty-First-Century Formations: Child Witness, Trans Life Writing, and Futurity | 101

Acknowledgments | 113

Notes | 115

Index | 141

Leigh Gilmore (Author)
Leigh Gilmore is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. She is the author of several books, including most recently Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives.

Elizabeth Marshall (Author)
Elizabeth Marshall is Associate Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Graphic Girlhoods: Visualizing Education and Violence.

All info in the link: https://www.fordhampress.com/9780823285488/witnessing-girlhood/
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I would like to announce the publication of my book, Principle and Pragmatism in the Liberation Struggle: A Political Biography of Selby Msimang (Cape Town, BestRed/HSRC Press, 2019)
Henry Selby Msimang was one of the great South Africans of the twentieth century. Born in 1886 in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, he was a founding member, interpreter and assistant to the Secretary General of the African National Congress in 1912, a president of the pioneering Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) in the 1920s and 1930s, General Secretary of the All African Convention (AAC) in the 1930s, a member of the Natives Representative Council and provincial secretary of the Natal ANC in the 1940s and early 1950s, a prominent member of the Liberal Party in the 1950s and 1960s, and thereafter a founder and executive member of the Inkatha Yenkululeko Yesizwe in the 1970s.
Such a long and diverse political career would make any person noteworthy, but Msimang was also an intellectual figure of remarkable talent – a prolific author and writer, journalist and public debater – and a man, who despite great trials and tribulations, did not compromise his principles and fundamental values, his commitment to the struggle for freedom, justice and human rights. In short, the book deals with the universal subject of political decision-making and the complicated journey of individuals within political formations within the struggles for political liberation, human rights and social justice.
The book will be of particular interest to scholars of South African and southern African history.
Kind regards
Dr Sibongiseni Mkhize

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WHAT THE OCEANS REMEMBER: SEARCHING FOR BELONGING AND HOME (Sonja Boon)

Wilfrid Laurier University Press, September 2019 |  Hardcover : 9781771124232, 336 pages, September 2019

“Elegant as silk, tough as steel. ” – Lisa Moore

Author Sonja Boon’s heritage is complicated. Although she has lived in Canada for more than thirty years, she was born in the UK to a Surinamese mother and a Dutch father. Boon’s family history spans five continents: Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, and North America. Despite her complex and multi-layered background, she has often omitted her full heritage, replying “I’m Dutch-Canadian” to anyone who asks about her identity. An invitation to join a family tree project inspired a journey to the heart of the histories that have shaped her identity. It was an opportunity to answer the two questions that have dogged her over the years: Where does she belong? And who does she belong to?

Boon’s archival research—in Suriname, the Netherlands, the UK, and Canada—brings her opportunities to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of the archives themselves, the tangliness of oceanic migration, histories, the meaning of legacy, music, love, freedom, memory, ruin, and imagination. Ultimately, she reflected on the relevance of our past to understanding our present.

Deeply informed by archival research and current scholarship, but written as a reflective and intimate memoir, What the Oceans Remember addresses current issues in migration, identity, belonging, and history through an interrogation of race, ethnicity, gender, archives and memory. More importantly, it addresses the relevance of our past to understanding our present. It shows the multiplicity of identities and origins that can shape the way we understand our histories and our own selves.

https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/W/What-the-Oceans-Remember

whattheoceansremember.com

Available via Amazon, Indigo, Powell’s, Blackwells, Waterstones, and more.

Reviews

“What the Oceans Remember is breathtaking in scope. Reaching across continents, oceans and histories, it shows us what it means to live in the shadow of freedom while unfree; how the colour of a person’s skin can determine if they are seen or invisible; how the word home can exclude; how the beauty of music can be a balm; how the invaluable quiet of an archive can quake with unearthed voices. Unrelentingly honest, sometimes harrowing, steeped in rich and startling insight, and conveyed in transparent prose – elegant as silk, tough as steel. ” – Lisa Moore, author of the story collection Something for Everyone

– Lisa Moore

“Timely, compelling and illuminating in equal measure, What the Oceans Remember, which scrutinizes the lives and legacies of several generations of slaves and indentured labourers in Suriname, also confronts the rights and responsibilities we bear in relation to our ancestors. In this ever-questioning memoir, Sonja Boon maps emotional registers and bureaucratic statistics as honestly as she navigates theoretical currents and ethical anxiety. Weaving desire, dreams, and personal memory into the historical record, Boon succeeds admirably in making silences speak and fragments cohere in a fine example of creative non-fiction. ” – Lydia Syson, author of Mr Peacock’s Possessions

– Lydia Syson

“What the Oceans Remember addresses the complex and complicit question ‘Where are you from?’ by taking readers on an extraordinary trip through continents and countries, and to cities and their archives, to help us understand how the stories of our ancestors tell us something about ourselves. Boon’s exploration of the seductive spaces of the archives and the crossing of various kinds of borders brings to mind the work of Saidiya Hartman (Lose Your Mother), Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts), and complements the work of writers like Sara Ahmed as well. ” – Minelle Mahtani, University of British Columbia, author of Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality, host and creator of Acknowledgements and Sense of Place

– Minelle Mahtani

Life Writing, Volume 16, Issue 4, December 2019 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

History and Autobiography: The Logics of a Convergence

This new issue contains the following articles:

Introduction History and Autobiography: The Logics of a Convergence
Jaume Aurell & Rocio G. Davis
Pages: 503-511 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1648198

Articles Confessions of a Conscript, Disclosures of an Historian: An Autohistoriographical Essay
Gary Baines
Pages: 513-526 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633457

‘The History That Has Made You’. Ego-Histoire, Autobiography and Postcolonial History
Anna Cole
Pages: 527-538 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633249

‘Accurate History and Facts’ or Memoir?: Unravelling the Weave of History and Life Narrative in the Black Hills
Laura J. Beard
Pages: 539-551 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633247

History, Fiction, Autobiography: William Faulkner’s ‘Mississippi’
Lucy Buzacott
Pages: 553-566 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633248

Microhistory Narratives, Alternative Epistemologies and Epistemic Credibility: A Comparative Study of Haifa Zangana’s City of Widows and Leilah Nadir’s Orange Trees of Baghdad
Shima Shahbazi
Pages: 567-582 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633427

‘An Autobiographical Myth’: Recuperating History in Suniti Namjoshi’s Goja
Divya Mehta
Pages: 583-599 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633495

Exploring Human Subjectivity: Barbara Taylor’s Autobiographies
Bernard Eric Jensen
Pages: 601-615 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633250

Experience, Materiality and the Rules of Past Writing: Interrogating Reference
Kalle Pihlainen
Pages: 617-635 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1633251

Reviews Adventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the Past
Robert A. Rosenstone, London, Bloomsbury, 2016, 224 pp., ISBN 9781474274227
Jaume Aurell
Pages: 637-640 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1430445

Theoretical Perspectives on Historians’Autobiographies: From Documentation to Intervention
by Jaume Aurell, New York and Abingdon, Routledge, 2016, xii + 279 pp., ISBN: 978-1-138-93440-5
Peter Burke
Pages: 641-643 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1427403

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“DIARY 1944, a return ticket to the past” (non-fiction)

Carla van Beers

This book is about an anonymous diary found in a display cabinet in a second-hand shop in The Hague (The Netherlands). Dutch artist Carla van Beers was keen to unfold the hidden history of the diary written in 1944 somewhere in the English countryside. She started an investigation in 2017, finished her work in 2019 and has now released the book ‘Diary 1944, a return ticket to the past.’
You’ll find two narratives: the historical tale of life in rural England during the Second World War; and the tale of an artist’s quest as an urban Dutch detective on the diarist’s trail. Travelling to England, she found the farm where the diary had been written. Gradually she learned more about the life of the diarist and the problems people faced in the British countryside in Kent in 1944.
DILEMMA

  • How to read and interpret an anonymous diary from 1944
  • How much information can we get back from the past
  • How to deal with differences in language, culture and time
  • Hypothesis: the diarist came to England before the first World War as a child of German immigrants.

NOTES
“DIARY 1944, a return ticket to the past” is the fifth independently published book by historical research bureau “De Huisdetective” in The Hague, The Netherlands | www.huisdetective.nl
This book contains information from The National Archives in Kew.
English translation and cover art by Nisha Alberti | www.scissorsandglueandyou.com
More information: cmvanbeers@gmail.com | https://diary1944.wordpress.com

Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
volume 42, number 2, 2019
https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40820Editor’s NoteArticlesWounded Cities: Topographies of Self and Nation in Fay Afaf Kanafani’s Nadia, Captive of HopeHager Ben DrissThis 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, CibelePhilip MileticThis 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 NameSarita CannonIn 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-PopOline EatonBiography 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.ReviewsThe Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale, by James Atlas
Reviewed by Carl RollysonExperiments in Life-Writing: Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction, edited by Lucia Boldrini and Julia Novak
Reviewed by Alexandra EffeAmerican Autobiography after 9/11, by Megan Brown
Reviewed by Elisabeth Hedrick-MoserLetter to My Father: A Memoir, by G. Thomas Couser
Reviewed by Emily HipchenThe Selfie Generation: How Our Self Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture, by Alicia Eler
Reviewed by Teresa BruśInvented Lives, Imagined Communities: The Biopic and American National Identity, edited by William H. Epstein and R. Barton Palmer
Reviewed by Eric M. ThauAn Artisan Intellectual: James Carter and the Rise of Modern Britain, 1792–1853, by Christopher Ferguson
Reviewed by Anna ClarkAutobiographical Writing in Latin America: Folds of the Self, by Sergio R. Franco
Reviewed by Francisco BrignoleGetting Personal: Teaching Personal Writing in the Digital Age, edited by Laura Gray-Rosendale
Reviewed by Madeleine SorapureThe Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV, by Christopher Grobe
Reviewed by Lynda GoldsteinA History of Irish Autobiography, edited by Liam Harte
Reviewed by Taura NapierVictorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum, by Kathryn Hughes
Reviewed by Alison BoothDoña Teresa Confronts the Spanish Inquisition: A Seventeenth-Century New Mexican Drama, by Frances Levine
Reviewed by Jorge Cañizares-EsguerraClio’s Lives: Biographies and Autobiographies of Historians, edited by Doug Munro and John G. Reid
Reviewed by Jaume AurellThe Decolonial Mandela: Peace, Justice and the Politics of Life, edited by Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni
Reviewed by Nick Mdika TemboCreating Identity in the Victorian Fictional Autobiography, by Heidi L. Pennington
Reviewed by Anne ReusA History of Irish Working-Class Writing, edited by Michael Pierse
Reviewed by Muireann LeechCanadian Graphic: Picturing Lives, edited by Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley
Reviewed by Rocío G. DavisLife? or Theatre? (Leben? oder Theater?), by Charlotte Salomon
Reviewed by Julia WatsonThe Phenomenology of Autobiography: Making it Real, by Arnaud Schmitt
Reviewed by Bettina StummOn the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings, by Ella Shohat
Reviewed by Joyce ZonanaBird-Bent Grass: A Memoir, in Pieces, by Kathleen Venema
Reviewed by G. Thomas CouserPrivate Lives Made Public: The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England, by Andrea Walkden
Reviewed by Julie A. Eckerle

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Research Methodologies for Auto/Biography Studies, Eds Kate Douglas and Ashley Barnwell.

https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429288432

[Please note that the introduction is currently free if you click “Preview PDF” on the link above].

This collection of short essays provides a rigorous, rich, collaborative space in which scholars and practitioners debate the value of different methodological approaches to the study of life narratives and explore a diverse range of interdisciplinary methods. Auto/biography studies has been one of the most vibrant sub-disciplines to emerge in the humanities and social sciences in the past decade, providing significant links between disciplines including literary studies, languages, linguistics, digital humanities, medical humanities, creative writing, history, gender studies, education, sociology, and anthropology.

The essays in this collection position auto/biography as a key discipline for modelling interdisciplinary approaches to methodology and ask: what original and important thinking can auto/biography studies bring to discussions of methodology for literary studies and beyond? And how does the diversity of methodological interventions in auto/biography studies build a strong and diverse research discipline? In including some of auto/biography’s leading international scholars alongside emerging scholars, and exploring key subgenres and practices, this collection showcases knowledge about what we do when engaging in auto/biographical research. Research Methodologies for Auto/biography Studies offers a series of case studies that explore the research practices, reflective behaviours, and ethical considerations that inform auto/biographical research.

 

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New and Experimental Approaches to Writing Lives, by Jo Parnell

Jo Parnell  (Editor), Caroline McMillen (Foreword), Hugh Craig (Introduction) and 12 more, Jo Parnell (contributor), Donna Lee Brien (Contributor), Michael Sala (Contributor), Kate Douglas (Contributor), Willa McDonald (Contributor), Sonya Huber (Contributor), David Walker (Contributor), Vanessa Berry (Contributor), Page Richards (Contributor), Jessica Wilkinson (Contributor), Amanda Norman (Contributor), Emma Newport (Contributor)

  • Hardcover: 236 pages

Publisher: Red Globe Press; 1st ed. 2019 edition (August 22, 2019)

With recent advances in digital technology, a number of exciting and innovative approaches to writing lives have emerged, from graphic memoirs to blogs and other visual-verbal-virtual texts. This edited collection is a timely study of new approaches to writing lives, including literary docu-memoir, autobiographical cartography, social media life writing and autobiographical writing for children. Combining literary theory with insightful critical approaches, each essay offers a serious study of innovative forms of life writing, with a view to reflecting on best practice and offering the reader practical guidance on methods and techniques. Offering a range practical exercises and an insight into cutting-edge literary methodologies, this is an inspiring and thought-provoking companion for students of Literature and Creative Writing studying courses on life writing, memoir or creative non-fiction. This book will also be useful to teachers and lecturers of life writing as well as practioners.

In Australia, the link for the book to Macmillan International Higher education is https://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/New-and-Experimental-Approaches-to-Writing-Lives/?K=9781352007183

“Devoted to the Truth: Allama Amini, the Author of al-Ghadir” by Muhammad-Reza Fakhr-Rohani

I have written the first book-length English biography of Allama Abd al-Husayn Amini (d. 1970), a renowned Muslim scholar whose magnum opus, al-Ghadir (11 vols.), is famous in Shiite Islamic communities. My book bears the title “Devoted to the Truth: Allama Amini, the Author of al-Ghadir”. It is going to be released soon by the British publisher Sun Behind the Cloud in Birmingham, UK. Should you wish to know more about this title, you can contact either me (abumahdi1061@gmail.com) or Mrs. Tehseen Merali, my British publisher whose contact email address is available on its website (info@sunbehindthecloud.com).
Cordially,
Dr. Muhammad-Reza Fakhr-Rohani

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Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Volume 42, Number 1, 2019
International Year in Review
The International Year in Review is a collection of short, site-specific essays on the year’s most influential publications in life writing. This year’s collection includes entries from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, the Gulf Cooperation Council, India, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and two essays from the US, one on biography and one on memoir.Essays as Life Writing: The Year in Australia
Kylie CardellThe Tercentenary of Maria Theresa (1717–1780): The Year in Austria and Germany
Tobias HeinrichThe Brazilian “I/Eye” at the IABA Global Conference: The Year in Brazil
Sergio da Silva BarcellosMusicians’ Lives and National Identity: The Year in Canada
Alana BellIndependent Biographical Documentaries: The Year in China
Chen ShenTestigo de barbarie y resistencia: El año en Colombia
Gabriel Jaime Murillo-ArangoLife Writing’s Coming of Age: The Year in Estonia
Leena Kurvet-Käosaar and Maarja HolloThe Ghosts of World War II: The Year in France
Joanny MoulinSelves and Identities in the Arabian Gulf: The Year in the Gulf Cooperation Council
Szidonia HaragosWhat the Stars Tell: The Year in India
Pramod K. NayarBiographies from the Alps to Capri: The Year in Italy
Ilaria SerraEmergent Subjectivities: The Year in Korea
Heui-Yung ParkArchiving the Political, Narrating the Personal: The Year in Lebanon
Sleiman El HajjPolitics and Violence: The Year in Mexico
Gerardo Necoechea GraciaMediators as the Subject of Dutch Biography: The Year in the Netherlands
Hans Renders and David VeltmanVoices against Erasure, Loss, and Dehumanization: The Year in Palestine
Adam YaghiA Time of Great Biographies—Gombrowicz and Herbert: The Year in Poland
Paweł Rodak“No Coward Soul is Mine”: The Year in Portugal
Cláudia FariaAuto/Biography After Disaster: The Year in Puerto Rico
Ricia Anne ChanskyCultural 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 TemboAuto/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 GilmoreAmerican Biography: The Year in the US
Carl RollysonAnnual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2017–2018
Compiled by Aiko Yamashiro

Life Writing 2019 is now available online onTaylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:is now available online onTaylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Articles

The Personal is Political. Self-enunciation Strategies in Italian Second-wave Feminism
Walter Stefano Baroni
Pages: 329-344 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1469615
Reading Phoebe Gloeckner’s A Child’s Life and Other Stories at the Time of #MeToo
Olga Michael
Pages: 345-367 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1507416
Sites of Servant Memory in the English Country House: Frederick Gorst and the Gladstone Vase
Ellen O’Brien
Pages: 369-384 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1564216
Orality, Text and Witness in the Early Work of Tony Parker
Simon Featherstone
Pages: 385-396 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1522494
Essays
Writing an Illness Narrative and Negotiating Identity: A Kuwaiti Academic/Author’s Journey
Shahd Alshammari
Pages: 431-438 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1514240
Evoking the Female ‘Asexual’: Narrating the Silenced Self
Aoife Sadlier
Pages: 439-461 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1510288
Hawai‘i Jungle Writing: Where There is the Most Life
Stewart Manley
Pages: 463-475 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1470444
Reviews
Memory Work: The Second Generation
by Nina Fischer, London, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2015, 262 pp., ISBN: 978-1-137-55761-2
Marta Bladek
Pages: 479-482 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1361781
Constance Maynard’s Passions: Religion, Sexuality, and an English Educational Pioneer, 1849–1935
by Pauline A. Phipps, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015, 304 pp., ISBN 9781442650336
Angharad Eyre
Pages: 483-486 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1368104
Burying Autumn: Poetry, Friendship, and Loss
by Hu Ying, Cambridge, MA, United States and London, Harvard University Asia Center, 2016, 365 pp., ISBN 9780674737204
Jessica Siu-yin Yeung
Pages: 487-490 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1383844
Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro
by Sarah H. Jacoby, NY, Columbia University Press, 2014, 456 pp., ISBN: 978-0-231-14768-2
Julia A. Galbus
Pages: 491-492 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1388944
Amalie Christine Jencken. 1785 to 1878. From Estonia to Ireland to Australia and Inbetween
translated by Victoria Moessner, New York, Page Pub. Co., 2016, 654 pp., ISBN 978-1-68348-887-3
Pamela S. Saur
Pages: 493-496 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1406772
The Philosophy of Autobiography
edited by Christopher Cowley, The University of Chicago Press, 2015, 242 pp., ISBN 9780226267920
Julian Baggini
Pages: 497-501 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1511203
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Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Volume 42, Number 1, 2019
International Year in Review
The International Year in Review is a collection of short, site-specific essays on the year’s most influential publications in life writing. This year’s collection includes entries from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, the Gulf Cooperation Council, India, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and two essays from the US, one on biography and one on memoir.Essays as Life Writing: The Year in Australia
Kylie CardellThe Tercentenary of Maria Theresa (1717–1780): The Year in Austria and Germany
Tobias HeinrichThe Brazilian “I/Eye” at the IABA Global Conference: The Year in Brazil
Sergio da Silva BarcellosMusicians’ Lives and National Identity: The Year in Canada
Alana BellIndependent Biographical Documentaries: The Year in China
Chen ShenTestigo de barbarie y resistencia: El año en Colombia
Gabriel Jaime Murillo-ArangoLife Writing’s Coming of Age: The Year in Estonia
Leena Kurvet-Käosaar and Maarja HolloThe Ghosts of World War II: The Year in France
Joanny MoulinSelves and Identities in the Arabian Gulf: The Year in the Gulf Cooperation Council
Szidonia HaragosWhat the Stars Tell: The Year in India
Pramod K. NayarBiographies from the Alps to Capri: The Year in Italy
Ilaria SerraEmergent Subjectivities: The Year in Korea
Heui-Yung ParkArchiving the Political, Narrating the Personal: The Year in Lebanon
Sleiman El HajjPolitics and Violence: The Year in Mexico
Gerardo Necoechea GraciaMediators as the Subject of Dutch Biography: The Year in the Netherlands
Hans Renders and David VeltmanVoices against Erasure, Loss, and Dehumanization: The Year in Palestine
Adam YaghiA Time of Great Biographies—Gombrowicz and Herbert: The Year in Poland
Paweł Rodak“No Coward Soul is Mine”: The Year in Portugal
Cláudia FariaAuto/Biography After Disaster: The Year in Puerto Rico
Ricia Anne ChanskyCultural 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 TemboAuto/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 GilmoreAmerican Biography: The Year in the US
Carl RollysonAnnual Bibliography of Works about Life Writing, 2017–2018
Compiled by Aiko Yamashiro
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Journal of Modern Life Writing Studies
No.12, Spring 2019
Center for Life Writing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

CONTENTS
Editor’Note
Special Section: Interview
The Biographer’s Art: Interview with Richard Holmes……Tang Xiumin
Special Section: The Study of Shen Congwen’s Life Writing
The Affectionate Paintings: On Shen Congwen’s Letters in His Later Years…….Liang Qingbiao
Living beyond the Suffering by Constructing the Self: The Selection in the Writing of Congwen’sAutobiography……..Ding Qianhan
Theory Studies
Experimenting on Biography:The Poetic History and Artistic Reality in Nabokov’s Literary Biography……..Jia Ying
The Generic Dilemma and Breakthrough: Taking David Lodge’s Biographical Novels as an Example…….Cai Zhiquan
Peritexts in David Lodge’s Author, Author, and A Man of Parts: From the Perspective of Genette’s Theory of Paratexts ……..Chen Wenyu
Perfect Autobiography……..Mao Xu
Comparative Biography
Into the Complex Soul: Features of Su Manshu Biography……..Mu Jiangwei
Text Studies
Biography As Travel Writing:A Study of George Morrison’s An Australian in China
  ………Zhang Wenru  Cui Yaxiao
The Identity Discourses in Lisa See’s Family Memoir On Gold Mountain: A Family Memoir of Love, Struggle and Survival………Chu Fumin
TheLife Narrative Examined from the Perspective of Space Theory:The Case of Fang Wei’s A Biography of Wang Xiaobo……..Wang Buxin
History of Life Writing
On the Contribution of the Periodicals in the Republican Period to Chinese Modern Biography ………Chen Hanying  Yu Yang  Yu Zhanghua
The May Fourth New Culture Movement and Chinese Modern Biography……..Xu Jingpin
“Literature of Necessity”: On the Utility of the African Slave Narrative…….Zheng Chunguang
The Relationship between the Sage Biography and the Local Chronicles……..Li He
Subject Study
42, a Fatal Age: A New Clue to the Enigma of Gogol…….Xu Xiaoyu
Book Review
The Princess’s Diary and the Princess Diarist: A Review of The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher……..Li Xiaolong Wang Mengjie
Film Biography
Looking at Film Biography from the Perspective of Performance Framework…..Zhou Qianwen
Female Intellectuals’ Media Writing in Feminist Films:A Comparative Studyof theHannah Arendt andThe Golden Era……Yang Shihua()
Academic Info
2018 Life Writing Workshop: A Dialogue among the Biographer, the Scholar and the Reader: A Report……Shao Yi
Instructions to Contributors
From the Editor

Instructions to Contributors

Mission
Life writing studies have moved onto the central stage in the academia and gained ever more attention both in and outside China. As the first scholarly journal in the field of China, the biannual journal Modern Life Writing Studies intends to fill up the blank of life writing studies in China, provide a venue for scholars all over the world, attract and promote specialists in the field.
Aiming to keep abreast of the cutting edge of life writing research, Our journal seeks to, in modern views and perspectives, explore various topics of life writing in China and in the world, with almost 20 sections included, such as Interview, Comparative Biography, Theory Study, History of Life Writing, Text Study, Autobiography Study, Diary Study, Subject Study, Film Biography, Book Reviews, Life Writing Materials, From the Life Writer, etc.
Ever since its appearance in 2013, our journal has been well-received by scholars at home and abroad and fundedby a steady grant from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It is exerting increasingly greater influence in academia with a due wide positive response. In 2017, our journal was included in CSSCI (Chinese Social Science Citation Index), and listed in the international academic literature or included in the annual annotated bibliography by world prestigious universities.
Our journal accepts both Chinese and English submissions. All the articles will be subject to anonymous peer review.

Style
Submissions are welcome from both Chinese and international researchers. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted. English papers should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words of text in length (including notes), while English book reviews are about 2,500 words. Full-length articles take up most part of the journal, but short essays with originality and fresh ideas are also welcome.

Submission Guidelines
All written submissions should be formatted according to the eighth edition of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. All submissions should include a 100-word abstract both in Chinese and English, keywords (less than 5), a 70–word biographical statement, and works cited. Please adhere to the following requirements:
•   Double spacing, Times New Roman, 12–point font
•   One-inch margins
•   Only Microsoft Word doc or docx files will be accepted
•  Citations should be provided in parenthetical reference followed by “Works Cited”.
•  Endnotes are preferred if there are any.

Submissions should be emailed in Word format to the editor sclw209@sina.com. Each contributor will get two complimentary copies once his/her paper is published.

Our journal is based at SJTU Center for Life Writing. We welcome suggestions and proposals, from which we believe our journal will surely benefit.

From the Editor
–To Our Young Contributors

This issue features an interview with the British biographer Richard Holmes, who is highly esteemed not merely in Europe and America, but also enjoys wide reputation in China for his biographies of Romanticists, notably Shelley, and scientists and his theoretical works on biography. As a professor of Biographical Studies, he excels in summarizing his rich writing experience, as demonstrated in the interview. For instance, “Good biographies…are obviously so varied in style, approach and temperament that it would be difficult to define any essential common ground between them. Nonetheless, I think the ability to fall in love with your subject, and out of love again where necessary, is probably fundamental to the writer of any good biography.” This calls our attention to the very key of biographical writing.
This issue witnesses the special section “The Study of Shen Congwen’s Life Writing”, which includes two papers. Shen has long remained the focus in the academic community, while the interest in him has extended from his fiction to a great variety of other genres, including his life writing. Liang Qingbiao has conducted a research on Shen’s letters after 1949, dubbing them as “the affectionate paintings.” Through the analysis of the readiness, tranquility and thoughts in them and the perception of the “tender beauty of his soul ,” Liang produces a role model in an aesthetic research on autobiography. Based on the knowledge of Shen’s works, Ding Qianhan identifies Shen’s selection of both his adolescent images and his experience periods in the autobiography through a perusal of the first edition of Congwen’s Autobiography and the comparison with the works before and after it. This is attributed to “living beyond the suffering by Self-construction” through her exploration of Shen’s spiritual world.
All the four papers in Theory Study are concerned with the innovation to auto/biography. Since the origins of modern biography, efforts have been constantly made to break free of fetters of conventional boundaries and to establish new forms. For example, the Russian American writer Vladimir Nabokov breaks biography conventions which tend to be prosaic style and linear narration, integrates different genres into the text,interpret the subject’s life or explore his/her mind with the subject’s work. With four of his works of different types, Jia Ying conducts an in-depth analysis of Nabokov’s concepts on truth, history, and his biographical pursuit.
Since the publication of Orlando by Virginia Woolf in 1928, some Anglo-American authors have made every efforts to integrate biography with novels for over a century. Biographical novel is a genre of major influence in recent years, typified by David Lodge’s Author, Author, and A Man of Parts. Two papers focus on the two works. Cai Zhiquan argues that the biographical novel embodies the elements of biography, novel and literary criticism and crosses non-fiction, fiction and literary research. He suggests that this genre enjoys equal status to biography and is a new pattern of life writing. Chen Wenyu analyzes the peritexts in the two biographical novels and discovers that they reduce the distance between the author and the reader. These two papers are complementary to each other.
When it comes to the field of autobiography, Mao Xu designs a “perfect” autobiographical structure, i.e. Perfect Autobiography to regulate the autobiographical form. The Structuralist approach to autobiography in late 20th century is based on the discovery of various models. Mao employs three-act movie theory to propose the model of “well-made auto/biography.” The term “well-made” is borrowed from drama theory of western Europe in the 19th century. Can it be transplanted to autobiography? Mao only puts forward his hypothesis and this value lies not in practical terms but in thought-provoking effect, as does Structuralism for the generic models it designs.
In History of Life Writing, two of the four papers focus on Chinese modern life writing, a hot researchfield. Few researchers are, however, interested in biography in periodicals in China’s Republican Period. “On the Contribution of the Periodicals in the Republican Period to Chinese Modern Biography” is a brilliant paper coauthored by Chen Hanying, Yu Yang and Yu Zhanghua, who refer to a great number of Republican periodicals for a vast collection of biographical works and data. Their painstaking collation, assortment and comments have injected new momentum into the research on Chinese modern life-writing history. Xu Jingpin examines the development of Chinese modern biography and concludes that it is an echo of and a tribute to the New Cultural Movement. The May Fourth New Cultural Movement exerted profound impact on Chinese modern biography in terms of themes, content and literary forms. Meanwhile, the appearance of modern biography was also a driving force to the spread of literary revolution and promoted the top-down cultural enlightenment. The two papers materialize a better understanding of Chinese modern life writing on a micro and a macro scale respectively.
Through his research on African slave narrative, a special sub-genre in the history of American life writing, Zheng Chunguang identifies it as a literature of necessity, which plays an essential role in the history and real life of African Americans. Li He explores the “sage biography” in ancient China and argues that they are not the equivalent of the chronicles despite all the connections and similarities. The two papers alert readers to the fact that many fields and details are still neglected in the study of life-writing history.
The three papers in Text Study are conducive to the reading and interpretation of three influential biographies. George Morrison’s An Australian in China documents his travel in China in 1894. Through an analysis of Morrison’s writing approach of “biography as travel writing,” the paper co-authored by Zhang Wenru and Cuiyaxiao argue that the author focuses on people rather than the scenery and holds no biases but writes about whatever he saw in an objective way. The success of this travel writing has not only reversed his fate but leaves his imprint on history. Chu Fumin’s paper on On Gold Mountain: A Family Memoir of Love, Struggle and Survival examines Chinese Americans’ appeal in ethnicity, politics and gender from the perspective of the biographer’s identity discourses. Wang Buxin’s analysis of Fang Wei’s A Biography of Wang Xiaobo restores the biographer’s writing mode in different cultural spaces to improve our understanding of Wang Xiaobo.
In the section of “Subject Study,” Xu Xiaoyu’s “42, a Fatal Age” is an interesting paper, in which he discovers that Gogol die at the age of 42, recurring in three of his works. From this new clue to solve “the enigma of Gogol,” Xu discovers that it is associated with such themes as love and marriage in Gogol’s works and reveals the sexual psychology in his unconsciousness. This conclusion may be controversial, but Xu is well versed in close reading, reminding us of what is advocated by Leon Edel the great biographer, “The method I am proposing for biography is related to the methods of Sherlock Holmes and also to those of Sigmund Freud.”
There are also a few other intriguing papers. In the section of “Comparative Biography,” Mu Jiangwei’s “Into the Complex Soul” conducts a comparative research on over 30 Su Manshu biographies and highlights the complex character of the poet subject whose singularity is most distinctive. The section of “Book Review” meets an essay co-authored by Li Xiaolong and Wang Mengjie who review Carrie Fisher’s autobiography from the perspective of the translation of the book’s title, i.e. the princess’s diary or the princess diarist. The buildungsroman theme is commented in a succinct and refreshing style.
Two papers are concerned with film biography. Zhou Qianwen employs the “performance framework” to examine the shift from textuality to performance, while Yang Shihua compares two film biographies of female subjects respectively directed by two female film makers from China and Germany. He reveals the differences in material selection, narration, form and content. Both papers arrive at the theory based on the analysis of a specific text.
“Life Writing Workshop: A Dialogue among the Biographer, the Scholar and the Reader” was co-hosted in Nanjing by Shanghai Jiao Tong Universityt Center for Life Writing, and Nanjing University of Finance and Economics at the end of 2018. Shao Yi provides a detailed coverage on this workshop in the section of “Academic Info.” Any of your advice concerning our future workshops is welcome and highly valued.

Ever since our journal was founded, the body of our contributors has undergone a fundamental change. The percentage of young contributors, particularly doctoral candidates, is continually on the rise and reaches up to nearly a half. Therefore, we would like to deliver a few words to young scholars:
You are welcome to contribute to our journal, young friends! As a young discipline, life writing studies provides an open arena for you to bring your potentials into full play. You have brought new blood to our journal, as well as new momentum, topics, concepts and perspectives. Your papers are highly appreciated.
Nonetheless, we have two suggestions to you. Up till now the vast majority of submissions from young scholars address literary biography. It is true that modern biography finds its origins in literary biography, e.g. autobiography of Yu Dafu, Shen Congwen, Hu Shi and Guo Moruo in China and Boswell’s Life of Johnson and The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau in the West. To the extent that literary biography is an essential sub-genre of life writing and it has no much difficulty to access to the writers’s materials, it is understandably easy to research on the genre. But We must also remeber that biography enjoys a broad range and large varieties. Take the example of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, a great number of winners and finalists owe their success to their biography of heavy-weight historical figures and historical biographies seem to be most applauded by readers. It is universally acknowledged that life writing can never be amputated from its context and life writing studies are no intelligence games in the ivory tower. Hence, we support your research on excellent literary biography, but it is more desirable to expand your horizons.
Our journal advocates a rigorous and truth-seeking style of writing. We are expecting to see submissions in compliance with academic standards, free of minor errors in such fields as abstract, keywords, translation, length of quotes and full text, coherence, etc. These standards are not difficult to meet with. Improvement in these respects will mean less unnecessary burden on the part of the journal and more chance for the acceptanc of your paper. Thank you!

January, 2019

The Book of Sarah by Sarah Lightman 
(Myriad Editions and Penn State University Press)
The Book of Sarah is missing from the bible, so artist Sarah Lightman sets out to make her own: questioning religion, family, motherhood and what it takes to be an artist in this quietly subversive visual autobiography from NW3.
Drawings of an imaginary Hampstead bible, a baby monitor,  the local landscape of Ellerdale Road and the outside of St Paul’s Girls’ School: books and streets, buildings and objects fill this bildungsroman set in North West London. Sarah Lightman has been drawing her life since she was a 22-year-old undergraduate at The Slade School of Art. The Book of Sarah traces her journey from modern Jewish orthodoxy to a feminist Judaism, as she searches between the complex layers of family and family history that she inherited and inhabited. While the act of drawing came easily, the letting go of past failures, attachments and expectations did not. It is these that form the focus of Sarah’s astonishingly beautiful pages, as we bear witness to her making the world her own.
Praise for The Book of Sarah
“So many of us are given an identity by our tribes and families that doesn’t quite fit for us and it is quite hard sometimes to find our way to who we want to be and how we want to live. This courageous graphic memoir will resonate with anyone who has grappled with this, or wants to.”
Philippa Perry
“In Lightman’s skillfully layered visual memoir, the biblical matriarch is summoned “out of the shadows” by her namesake. She is given renewed voice, reanimated and heard through Lightman’s own story.”
Victoria Aarons, Trinity University
“Through a delicate interweaving of images (ranging from the architectural, loose outlines, fractured repetitions and empty spaces) and text, the reader becomes immersed in this deeply considered reflection of gender and cultural identity. In its spirit of perpetual enquiry, it is an intensely Jewish book; but the questions it asks, about being and belonging, speak to the wider concerns of twenty-first century life.”
Ruth Gilbert, University of Winchester
“I love The Book of Sarah. This is a deeply layered work, from the elegant, evocative writing to the diverse range of materials—charcoal, oil paint, and watercolor as well as graphite pencil. The Book of Sarah is a memoir that is rich with revelations for the reader to uncover.”
Samantha Baskind, Cleveland State University
“An astounding work of insight and clarity, so eloquently expressed, especially the family’s long-standing tradition of stifling ambition, autonomy and independence – thereby thwarting so much potential – that it almost broke me.  It will resonate with so many, helping to show them that they’re not alone.”
Stephen Holland, Page 45
New biography, The master from Marnpi,
by Dr Alec O’Halloran, Australia.
This cross-cultural biography details the life story and art career of a Pintupi man, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, from the Western Desert region of Central Australia. Namarari (c1923-1998) had his first contact with white people as a child and became an award-winning artist in later life, receiving the prestigious national Red Ochre Award in 1994.
The master from Marnpi
ISBN 9780959056549.
The book is 244pp, 300 x 240mm, hard cover, with 230+ illustrations, including over75 of Namarari’s artworks, plus comprehensive endnotes, maps and tables, glossary and index.
This limited edition is a worthy inclusion for university and college programs that address biography, cross-cultural research, Indigenous art and art history.
Availability: details and online purchase at www.alecohalloran.com
Correspondence: book@alecohalloran.com
Author’s journey blog: www.alecohalloran.com/blogs/news

 

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

LGBTQ+ CHILDREN OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

Project Title:   Queering the Post-Holocaust Experience: An Oral History of LGBTQ+ Children of Holocaust Survivors

We are seeking LGBTQ+ children of Holocaust survivors to participate in an oral history interview. This study is an oral history of LGBTQ+ children of Holocaust survivors in Canada and the United States. A great deal of research has been done examining the experiences of children of survivors, but few have looked at the specific experiences of LGBTQ+ children of survivors. This study seeks to construct an oral history of LGBTQ+ children of Holocaust survivor experiences. This is an opportunity for those interested to share their experiences as an LGBTQ+ child of Holocaust survivor(s) as well as contribute to both LGBTQ+ and Jewish history.

Participants will be asked to participate in a recorded oral history interview with the researcher to discuss their experiences as an LGBTQ+ child of survivor(s). The length of the interview will be determined by the participant. Those who participate will receive both a written transcript of the interview as well as a copy of the recording for their own records to share with family and friends.

For those interested or to request additional information, please contact Jacob Evoy at jevoy2@uwo.ca.

Dr. Susan Knabe
Associate Dean and Professor
University of Western Ontario
sknabe.uwo.ca

Jacob Evoy
Ph.D. Candidate.
University of Western Ontario
jevoy2@uwo.ca

 

Newsletter Biography Institute

March 2019

Chris Hietland will defend his thesis on André van der Louw
The public defense of Chris Hietland’s biography of the labor union leader André van der Louw will take place on April 11, 14.30 hrs. in the aula of Groningen University. Hietland wrote his thesis as a PhD-candidate at the Biography Institute. His project was supervised by prof. Hans Renders, prof. Gerrit Voerman (University of Groningen) and prof. Paul van der Laar (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

PhD-ceremony Ad van Liempt on May 9
The renowned historian Ad van Liempt will defend his biography of Albert Gemmeker as a PhD-thesis on May 9, 14.30 hrs. in the aula of Groningen University. The biography of Gemmeker, a commander of Westerbork transportation camp, will be published at Balans. The project was supervised by prof. Hans Renders and prof. Doeko Bosscher.

David Veltman will speak at conference King’s College
During the conference (Un)Like: Life Writing and Portraiture, c.1700-the present, David Veltman will speak on May 3 about the portraits of Felix de Boeck. The event is organized by the Centre of Life-Writing Research of King’s College, London. The lectures can be attended for free, please subscribe here.

Bornmeer-Noordboek publishers starts a new biographical series
The series, called ‘Over leven’, will comprise reprints of biographies. The first part in the series, that is edited in collaboration with the Biography Institute,  is Mansholt. Een biografie by Johan van Merriënboer. The next will be Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis. Een romantische revolutionair by Jan Willem Stutje, a former employee of the Biography Institute.

Hans Renders and David Veltman will be joining BIO-conference
During the yearly conference of the Biographers International Organization, Hans Renders and David Veltman will present their research. The conference will take place from May 17 until 19 in New York. Please subscribe here.

More information can be found on the website www.biografieinstituut.nl.
For subscribing to and unsubscribing from this newsletter, please email biografie.instituut@rug.nl

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William L. Andrews, Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony, 1840-1865, Oxford University Press.

“William Andrews has ‘lifted the veil’ on class relations within the slave community in the antebellum South.  Well-meaning scholars, mostly for political reasons, have far too often chosen to remain silent about distinctions of class drawn by black people among themselves, starting in slavery, choosing to discuss African Americans as if they were always a social monolith, and thereby reducing their complexity.  Andrews reveals, in riveting detail, that this has never been the case, even well before the Civil War.  This is a seminal work of scholarship, one destined to generate a new branch of literary studies, dedicated to studying how class mattered within the African American tradition.”-Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University

“William Andrews has given us an inestimable gift-the first sustained consideration of the totality of known antebellum slave narratives. Andrews provides new insight into the ways enslaved and oppressed people leveraged limited social and economic power to claw out a place for themselves in a system that was never meant to support their survival or success. This momentous work reveals more than we ever have known about the kinds of work these writers did before they made their way to ‘freedom.’ This much-needed contribution will be used by literary scholars and historians and will help shape emerging scholarship for decades.”-P. Gabrielle Foreman, University of Delaware, Founding Faculty Director, The Colored Conventions Project

  • The most complete study of the antebellum African American slave narrative, including not just the canonical texts but dozens that have been overlooked.
  • The most complete study of social strata and class differentiation among the enslaved of the antebellum South.
  • Written by an eminent scholar of African American literature who has spent a career studying slave narratives.

For more on Slavery and Class in the American South, see https://global.oup.com/academic/product/slavery-and-class-in-the-american-south-9780190908386?cc=us&lang=en&#

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SERIAL SELVES: IDENTITY AND REPRESENTATION IN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMICS

Autobiography is one of the most dynamic and quickly-growing genres in contemporary comics and graphic narratives. In Serial Selves, Frederik Byrn Køhlert examines the genre’s potential for representing lives and perspectives that have been socially marginalized or excluded. With a focus on the comics form’s ability to produce alternative and challenging autobiographical narratives, thematic chapters investigate the work of artists writing from perspectives of marginality including gender, sexuality, disability, and race, as well as trauma. Interdisciplinary in scope and attuned to theories and methods from both literary and visual studies, the book provides detailed formal analysis to show that the highly personal and hand-drawn aesthetics of comics can help artists push against established narrative and visual conventions, and in the process invent new ways of seeing and being seen.

As the first comparative study of how comics artists from a wide range of backgrounds use the form to write and draw themselves into cultural visibility, Serial Selves will be of interest to anyone interested in the current boom in autobiographical comics, as well as issues of representation in comics and visual culture more broadly.

FREDERIK BYRN KØHLERT is a lecturer in the School of Art, Media, and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom. He is the author of The Chicago Literary Experience: Writing the City, 1893-1953.

“In this engrossing and tremendously insightful book, Køhlert deftly analyzes comics as a visual form with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel, paying close attention to the myriad ways comics authors use the formal elements unique to comics to express meaning and embody their intentions. By discussing these five authors in concert, Køhlert not only sheds new light on their individual works, but he also points to the potential for the medium to serve as a powerful vehicle to represent issues around the body. This is an invaluable text for anyone teaching comics.”

—Nick Sousanis, author of Unflattening“Serial Selves leaps past the existing scholarship on autobiographical comics, bringing a fuller sense of context and more diverse corpus. Persistently, and brilliantly, Køhlert reminds us that the choice between formal rigor and social engagement is a false one, and that comics studies at its best achieves both. Synthesizing a tremendous range of research—from autobiography theory, trauma theory, gender studies, disability studies, and other fields—he approaches neglected or misunderstood works, asks tough questions, and, in every case, uses close formal analysis to unpack issues of subjectivity and identity formation. A watershed work.”

—Charles Hatfield, author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

“Acutely attuned to the formal properties of autobiographical comics, Frederik Byrn Køhlert argues that the drawn ‘I’ produces new knowledge about trauma, bodies, temporality, power, and resistance. Serial Selves persuasively demonstrates the complexity of autobiographical comics and their undeniable importance as a cultural and autobiographical form.”

—Leigh Gilmore, author of Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives

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Life Writing, Volume 16, Issue 2, June 2019 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Life Writing and Celebrity: Exploring Intersections

This new issue contains the following articles:

Introduction Life Writing and Celebrity: Exploring Intersections
Sandra Mayer & Julia Novak
Pages: 149-155 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1539208Articles An Austrian Auden: A Media Construction Story | Open Access
Timo Frühwirth
Pages: 159-175 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1540247Sergei Eisenstein as Seen by Peter Greenaway: A Dialectic Representation of an (Anti-)Great Film Director
Fátima Chinita
Pages: 177-193 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1548251Fictionalisation in Biography: Creating the Dickens Myth
Rosemary Kay
Pages: 195-212 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1548262Visual Art as Celebrity Memoir: The Paradox of Peg Woffington’s Sick-bed Portrait
Annette Rubery
Pages: 213-230 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1548253Writing Celebrity as Disability: Las Meninas, Performing Dwarfs, and Michael Jackson Fan Day
Eva Sage Gordon
Pages: 231-244 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1548261‘Boswellized From Mere Persons to Personages’: Arthur Stringer, Mary Pickford, and the Trouble with Celebrity Profile(r)s
Katja Lee
Pages: 245-259 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1548264‘Watergate-ing’ Norman Mailer’s Marilyn: Life Writing in Cultural Context
Oline Eaton
Pages: 261-277 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1548260Pacts, Paratext, and Polyphony: Writing the Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt
Marcus O’Dair
Pages: 279-294 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2019.1548265Reviews Writing Feminist Lives: The Biographical Battles Over Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir
Ina C. Seethaler
Pages: 297-300 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1440877Dylan’s Autobiography of a Vocation: A Reading of the Lyrics 1965-1967
Muireann Leech
Pages: 301-304 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1512032In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
Omar Sabbagh
Pages: 305-308 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1510816

Biography:An Interdisciplinary Quarterly

vol. 41, no. 4 • Fall 2018

M4BL and the Critical Matter of Black Lives

Guest edited by Brittney Cooper and Treva B. Lindsey

https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/40025

Brittney Cooper and Treva B. Lindsey

Introduction to M4BL and the Critical Matter of Black Lives

As the most recent iteration of Black freedom struggles in the United States, what is the story of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)? This special issue is interested both in the political life of the M4BL and in the stories of those who made this movement possible. We are interested in the critical moment of encounter, when because someone’s life was taken, a community’s life, an activist’s life, or our collective lives changed. From representations of maternal, familial, or communal grief to the sexual and gender politics which prescribe and proscribe how individual Black lives come to matter or not matter, this issue interrogates the politics of Black life and Black living. These interrogations are especially salient in a political moment where liberal humanist conceptions of “the human” fail to compel broad empathy and structural protection for the value of Black people. We collectively ponder: what does “life” mean in the context of M4BL and what is the fundamental meaning of “lives” when centering those on the margins? How has technology shaped the way we tell the stories of individual and collective Black lives? What tools does the Movement for Black Lives offer up to us, not only for reconceptualizing the social structures which shape Black living, but also for reconceptualizing our current understandings of Black life in the first place? How do we center healing, restoration, and transformative justice in our freedom and justice praxes? What forms of mourning and becoming emerge as a result of communal and activist encounters with police violence? What does a life lived in solidarity with other social movements around the globe, for instance in Brazil and Palestine, look like? In asking these questions, both the co-editors and the contributors seek to understand the life contexts and livelihoods of Black people living at the beginning of the 21st century. Although contemporary realities are deeply rooted in historical lived experiences, we have entered a unique era in anti-Black racial terror. These living stories must be told. This special issue is but one collective documentation of a wide range of stories from multiple frequencies of contemporary Black life, death, community, healing, freedom-dreaming, and working.

Tabitha Jamie Mary Chester

Movement for Black Love: The Building of Critical Communities through the Relational Geography of Movement Spaces

This piece chronicles the journey of friendships and relationships that are created in movement spaces. Too often we focus on friendships and relationships that organizing destroys without taking time to celebrate the birth of new beginnings and the strengthening of old bonds. I will use autoethnography to explore how my own relationship-building has kept me accountable to the movement as well as sustained my engagement in highly turbulent, emergent, and volatile spaces of protest and confrontation.

Rhaisa Kameela Williams

Choreographies of the Ongoing: Episodes of Black Life, Events of Black Lives

In this essay, I weave personal narratives together with “public” events to theorize the complex feelings of regularly encountering spaces of black death and trauma. To do so, I use the concept of “episodic events” to collapse distinctions between memorable events and the quiet passage of nondescript episodes in order to push us to think about the grief that stains and strains the lifeworlds of people most invested in Black Lives Matter. In doing so, the essay meditates on the stakes of Black life, constituted by an intimacy with the environment that makes the scenes of events, no matter the scale, part of one’s daily episodes. Attention to Black life in the political era of Black lives means that we consider the forms of intimacy beyond racial kinship that do not allow for the symbolic signification that happens when we are moved by the atrocity happening to the person central to the racial event. Thus by contending with
the “afterlives” of black murder, this essay attempts to deal with the visceral of the episodic, the ongoingness, the living-through that is often sidelined, if considered at all, in the tight focus of the juridical promise of the event.

Rasul A. Mowatt

Black Lives as Snuff: The Silent Complicity in Viewing Black Death

A video has been uploaded from a live source, then circulated from one user to another, and becomes a trending topic. The cycle has been repeated, although the spectacle of the violence perpetrated on Black bodies has existed for years. But what does it mean that these videos are “produced” and shared? How are these videos being consumed? What are our actions once we “see” and share? How do our actions condone the necropolitics at play? This essay seeks to ask, does a Black life really matter? The ubiquity of social media has fostered an ever-increasing mediated culture on the injustice of racialized violence. Like a “snuff” film depicting the death of an innocent for pleasure, does our lack of concrete action reveal a hidden pleasure? Our silent complicity is discussed in this essay in three key areas: 1) the popular focus on videos of state-sanctioned deaths of Black male victims; 2) the quiet reactions in cases of the deaths of women and transpersons by police; and 3) the silence surrounding cases of injury to Black women by police. The concluding aim in this examination is to make the underlining principle of #BlackLivesMatter a call for justice, as much about substance as it is about form.

Robin Brooks

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

This article presents a study of R.I.P. (rest in peace) shirts, also known as memorial shirts, which are significant and visible pieces in the Movement for Black Lives. While it is true that many people are “being memorialized by a hashtag,” the shirts, which are wearable memorials, are ever-present in the movement as well. Whether displaying the name or face of the deceased person, or a quotation from a famous ancestor like Martin Luther King, Jr., these shirts exert great power. In fact, many people ask how these memorial shirts can simultaneously evoke joy and pain. Just as some see wearing a memorial shirt as a way to honor the memory of a person no longer physically with us, others view it as a trigger that reignites the trauma associated with the person’s death. Hence, the study of memorial shirts necessarily includes an analysis of death, trauma, justice, and spirituality. In this article, I argue that the memorial shirts, or what I call the “shirts of the movement,” operate as a form of visual life writing; the shirts collectively (in reference to the larger movement) and individually (in reference to the deceased person) tell a story. I discuss how shirts of the movement preserve memories and call for action. More specifically, I contend that these shirts are not only symbols of grief, expressions of empathy, and coping mechanisms, but are also a public stance against racial injustice and anti-Black racial terror.

Gillian Maris Jones

Black Lives Abroad: Encounters of Diasporic Solidarity in Brazil

From the pacification of favela communities in Rio de Janeiro to the heavily militarized police presence in Ferguson, Black citizens in Brazil and the United States must constantly assert why our lives matter. In what way does the common struggle for our humanity work to create community and solidarity among Black-identified individuals of diverse national origins? What happens when Black people encounter the suffering of other Black populations? In what ways does Black solidarity abroad open the possibility of an international Movement for Black Lives? Through a comparative analysis of the state of Black citizenship in Brazil and the United States, based on fieldwork observations, autoethnographic reflections, and interviews, I argue that the transnational vertigo of violence can connect local Black experiences with patterns seen across the diaspora, inspire sentiments of solidarity among disparate communities, and serve as a basis for a worldwide Movement for Black Lives.

Danielle Fuentes Morgan

Visible Black Motherhood Is a Revolution

This article addresses the ways that society imagines parenthood and the child to be “sacred,” “innocent,” and “worth protecting” seemingly until it considers parents and children of color, in which case these bodies—and the bodies of children of color—are always already criminalized. Personal experiences and the lived experiences of others frame this analysis and address questions surrounding the general American expectation of motherhood as marked by white feminine performance. To this end, the article engages contemporary national events in which the presence of the mother and child and the reciprocal love and support within the relationship was rendered invalid or inconsequential. It examines the police shooting of Philando Castile while in a car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter, Dae’Anna; the police shooting of both Korryn Gaines—which resulted in her death—and her five-year-old son, Kodi; and the racialized claims of poor parenting lodged against Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and Michael Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden—claims which refuse the right to even their own victimization as a space for grief. Ultimately, public black motherhood and maternity disrupt racist narratives of absenteeism and the destruction of black familial connections and, as such, are constantly under attack as threats to the American investment in the racial hierarchy.

Kaila Adia Story

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

The Black mothers of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, including mothers who have lost a child through ritualized state violence, have now begun to speak out, positing Black motherhood as a site of resistance and contestation to state violence. They have also dismantled much of the racist and sexist imagery that surrounds Black motherhood as an institution and praxis. This essay will explore past Black maternal activism and current labor and politicized care as embodied through Margaret Garner, Korryn Gaines, Lezley McSpadden, Geneva Reed-Veal, and cofounder of the #BlackLivesMatter network, Patrisse Cullors, to elucidate the many ways in which their images and voices complicate and layer society’s many misconceptions of what Black motherhood represents. Utilizing Black feminist, queer feminist, and reproductive justice scholarship, this essay will argue that the mothers of the #BlackLivesMatter movement represent the past and current noncomplacency of Black mothers. It will also rearticulate how their maternal activism and life stories show that love enacted as politicized care continues to dismantle the gendered and racialized assumptions of Black mothers as an institution and a subjective identity.

Jameta Nicole Barlow

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

Recent evidence-based research has suggested the impact of intergenerational trauma on both a biological and psychological level. This offers a potential explanatory mechanism for health inequities such as hypertension, obesity, depression, and heart disease in Black communities as a result of colonialism, American slavery, Jim Crow laws and segregation, and the prison-industrial-complex and its contextual environment of over-policing Black communities. Thus, any intervention combating intergenerational trauma may also contribute to improving the physical health of Black communities. The Community Healing Network and the Association of Black Psychologists have partnered to develop Emotional Emancipation Circles (EEC), a social movement to combat the intergenerational trauma of colonialism and its effects on Black people throughout the world. Based upon Freire’s conscientization and radicalized awareness approach, EECs offer a holistic approach towards healing, centering on the personal narratives of marginalized populations and defying the lie of Black inferiority. This essay reflects on the implementation of an EEC with Black university student leaders actively engaged in social justice issues on an urban, predominantly white college campus in the Baltimore, Maryland area.

Kai M. Green, Je Naé Taylor, Pascale Ifé Williams, and Christopher Roberts

#BlackHealingMatters in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter

Since at least 2013, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) has reanimated public conversation, highlighting a pattern of present-day and historical state-sanctioned violence against Black people. Much of the conversation has centered on the premise that Black Lives Matter, a statement that challenges an anti-Black logic in which Black and life or rather Black and human are thought to be antagonistic entities. Black Lives Matter is a necessary statement for now, as it signals how Black life’s mattering is not common sense, but rather a contested idea under racial capitalism. Black Lives Matter is a slogan that implicates a white supremacist capitalist police state as one of the leading factors in the cause of Black premature death. While there is much written about the work being done to challenge the anti-Blackness of the state, less is written on the internal work that Black folk are doing in the name of healing justice. Much of this work is just getting off the ground, like the Healing & Safety Council (HSC), also known as the holistic human resources team of the Black liberation organization Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). We, BYP100’s Healing & Safety Council, have decided to come together and document the work we have been doing in the name of Black liberation. What follows is a staged conversation that is both scholarly and poetic, inviting the reader to engage this piece as we have had to engage the work of Black healing, repair, and transformative justice. In this conversation, we focus on BYP100’s mobilization of a Black queer feminist lens to create a Black politic that holds at its core Black healing and a radical ethic of love.

Marc Lamont Hill

From Ferguson to Palestine: Reimagining Transnational Solidarity Through Difference

Using the genre of life writing, I explore how the praxis of Palestine delegation work spotlighted the contours, possibilities, and limits of how I understood and performed Black-Palestinian political solidarity. Focusing on three particular experiences that stem from a 2014 “Palestine to Ferguson” solidarity delegation, I examine how the trip created spaces for critical reflection, self-critique, and reconsideration of my own identity as a political ally. Such insights are critical for understanding the political possibilities of the Movement for Black Lives as a transnational (and anti-colonial) political project. They also allow us to reimagine political solidarity in ways that yield a more effective, humane, and transformative liberation praxis.

Tef Poe

Ferguson: An Identity Politics Liberation Manifesto

What’s the difference between a movement and a revolution? What is the role of class in conjunction with these experiences? In this essay I ask myself and the reader a series of questions about Ferguson’s connection to feminism, homophobia, and classism. These portraits are painted from the front lines and may lack the politically correct overtones many academics are accustomed to. As the world changes, so does our collective perspective about mental health, poverty, and the need for all variations of human identity to be treated fairly. This analysis merges all of these worlds at once, while realizing the answers to these problems will be revealed through unconventional means. I’ve decided to present an analysis about the way we treat women as freedom fighters, while also understanding the vast nature of identity politics means our intersectionalities do not solely reside within gender and sexuality. We meet at the pockets of nuance in this article, while also interacting with the realities of lack of education, resources, and unity dominating these discussions within our communities. As a person who was nearly driven to the brink of suicide while enduring the unpacking of my own patriarchal vices, my research is the accumulation of personal experiences and stories.

Recently the Handbook of Autobiography/Autofiction, ed. by Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, 3 vols., Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2019 (2.180 pages) has been published. Vol. 1 presents a wide range of theoretical and disciplinary approaches to autobiography as a genre, from anthropology to theology, from gender studies to narratology. It highlights the key concepts of autobiographical research and discusses a variety of autobiographical forms such as letters, diaries, essays, memoirs, and travelogues. Vol. 2 provides a survey of the autobiographical from a perspective that considers both historical developments and the world’s various regions. Reflecting the problem of eurocentrism in the conceptualization of genres, it travels around the world and observes the interplay between cultural differences, modes of interchange, and global media developments. Vol. 3 gives a voice to individual autobiographical texts through the ages and from different continents. It thus reveals the variety both of autobiographical writing itself and of individual critical approaches. The reader will find essays on well-known texts from the autobiographical tradition as well as some less well-known and even surprising examples. For more information see https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181591

Prof. Dr. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Germanistisches Institut
Schlossplatz 34 (Vom-Stein-Haus)
D-48143 Münster
Tel.: +49 251/83-24431
Sekretariat (Frau Claudia Altrock): +49 251/83-24430
Fax: +49 251/83-25424
Email: egelhaa@uni-muenster.de
Email Sekretariat: sekretariat.wagner-egelhaaf@uni-muenster.de
www.uni-muenster.de/Germanistik/Lehrende/wagner-egelhaaf_m/

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Volume 15, issue 3 of Life Writing (September 2018) on the subject of ‘Philosophy and Life Writing’ is now available as a Routledge book, edited by D. L. LeMahieu and Christopher Cowley:

https://www.routledge.com/Philosophy-and-Life-Writing/LeMahieu-Cowley/p/book/9780367078065

In this volume, scholars from a number of academic disciplines illuminate how a range of philosophers and other thoughtful individuals addressed the complex issues surrounding philosophy and life writing.

The contributors interrogate the writings of Teresa of Avila, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, Wilhelm Dilthey, Walter Benjamin, Albert Camus, Bryan Magee, Mikhail Bakhtin, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Judith Butler, ranging in time from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

As this volume demonstrates, the relationship between philosophy and life writing has become an issue of urgent interdisciplinary concern.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Life Writing.

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a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
33.3 Autumn 2018
Special Issue: Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre
Guest Editors: Eva C. Karpinski and Ricia Anne Chansky

Foreword
The 2018 Hogan Prize
Eleanor Ty, Wilfrid Laurier University

Introduction
“Finding Fragments: Intersections of Gender and Genre in Life Narratives”
Eva C. Karpinski, York University, and Ricia Anne Chansky, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Reflection
“Cultivating Gullibility” Marlene Kadar, York University
“The Urgency of Writing a Life: An Interview” Sidonie Smith, University of Michigan and Marlen Kadar

Forum
The Work of Marlene Kadar
“Mar and Me: Following the Traces” Linda Warley, University of Waterloo
“Marlene Kadar’s Life Writing: Feminist Theory Outside the Lines” Julie Rak, University of Alberta
“Revising What’s Past: Compassion in the Work of Marlene Kadar and Louise DeSalvo” Julia Galbus, University of Southern Indiana
“Escape from the Colonial Asylum” Patrick Taylor, York University
“Inside the Cover, Outside the Archive: Reading the Dispersal of Jane Rule’s Library and Modes of Female Sociability” Linda Morra, Bishop’s University
“Maternal Stars of the Silent Screen: Gender, Genre, and Photoplay Magazine” Elizabeth Podnieks, Ryerson University
“Unlikely Documents, Unexpected Places: The Limits of Archive” Mark Celinscak, University of Omaha
“Frayed Edges: Selfies, Auschwitz, and a Blushing Emoticon” Rachel E. Dubrofsky, University of South Florida
“Kim Thuy’s Ru and the Art of the Anecdote” Helen Buss, University of Calgary Emerita
“Drawing a Narrative Landscape with Women Refugees” Ozlem Ezer, University of California Berkeley

Essays
“Autobiogeography and Translanguaging: Decolonizing Immigrant Life Stories through Visual Narrative Practices” Manoela dos Anjos Afonso Rodrigues, Universidade Federal de Goiás
In this article I present a research that explores individual and collective autobiographical acts aiming at the creation of places of enunciation for decolonial selves through practices in visual arts. This practice-based research benefits from interdisciplinary crossings between feminist geography, life writing, and decoloniality, through which I designed the network of concepts that gave form to the epistemological approach to practice and research I used. The first stage of the practice is a self-reflective response to personal experiences within geographical displacement and dislocation in language. The second part comprises collective writing processes conducted with twelve Brazilian women who live in London. Writing became a cross-element in this practice-based research and visual arts offered a space for exploring decolonial acts and turning a place of muteness into a place of enunciation. Thus, I sought in decoloniality a path to offer a contribution to knowledge by proposing decolonial strategies for writing life narratives within displacement through translanguaging and autobiogeography.

“Autotheory as Contemporary Feminist Practice Across Media” Lauren Fournier, York University
In autotheory as a feminist practice, artists, writers, philosophers, curators, and critics use the autobiographical, first person, and related practices of self-imaging (Jones, Self/Image 134) to process, perform, enact, iterate, subvert, instantiate, and wrestle with the hegemonic discourses of “theory” and philosophy. The term “autotheory” circulates specifically in relation to third wave and fourth wave feminist texts, such as American writer Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts and American filmmaker and art writer Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick even as the act of theorizing from the first person is well-established within the genealogies of feminism; as a post-1960s practice it takes on a particularly conceptual and performative valence. This article serves as a historicization of what we are referring to in the present as “autotheory,” with autotheoretical antecedents having been referred to as “critical memoir,” “theoretical fiction” (Hawkins 263), “life-thinking” (Samatar), and “fiction theory” (Brossard). I turn my attention to “Sick Woman Theory” and “Sad Girl Theory” as twenty-first century examples of auto-theoretical feminist practices that span out across social media. I consider how these post-internet practices of making space for sickness and sadness in autotheoretical ways can be understood in relation to the imperatives of intersectionality and the complications of neoliberalism in the present.

“Remembering and Forgetting: Graphic Lives at the End of the Line” Kathleen Venema, The University of Winnipeg
This essay analyzes four graphic texts, each of which narrates a daughter’s experience of caregiving through a mother’s final years. I argue that each of the four texts – Roz Chast’s 2014 Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, Joyce Farmer’s 2010 Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir, Sarah Leavitt’s 2010 Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me, and Dana Walrath’s 2016 Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass – uniquely deploys comics’ resources to: assert the elderly mother’s significance as a simultaneously physical, cognitive, emotional, and social being; chronicle the aging mother’s increasingly complex health-care needs; track the processes by which the daughter emerges as caregiver; acknowledge the frequently negative emotions that caregiving prompts; and document the critical, and often very generous forgetting by which ugly emotions are refined and re-storied as elegiac compassion.
“Childhood Exile: Memories and Returns” Leonor Arfuch, Universidad de Buenos Aires
In the context of contemporary forced migrations, my paper deals with the problem of political exile. I focus on the experiences of children whose parents had to flee the repression of the Chilean (1973-1989) and Argentinian (1976-1983) dictatorships, and for whom living “outside the lines” was often a matter of life and death. From Verónica Gerber-Bicceci and Laura Alcoba’s autobiographical and auto-fictional novels, to Macarena Aguiló and Virginia Croatto autobiographical and testimonial films, my analysis focuses on recent works that lie “outside the lines” of canonical genres, and in which personal experience interfaces with collective memory and bears important ethical and political impact.
“Women Making Freedom: Rethinking Gender in Intra-Caribbean Migration from a Curaçaoan Perspective” Rose Mary Allen, University of Curaçao
Caribbean studies has very often conceptualized past migration as a largely male worker affair and has neglected women as independent participants and autonomous decision-makers. Understanding gender-specific migration movements and in that sense also recovering the experiences of women in migration, means addressing issues related to the process of data-collection. One can clearly see here how colonialism, race, and class intersect with gender and sexuality. The patriarchal social structure of inequality, that has historically relegated women to an inferior status in society and the consequent disadvantages have impacted the availability of primary historical source material that could help explore the impact of gender on migration. In this paper, I used a feminist scholarly historical data research approach to ‘reinsert’ Curaçaoan women into the historical narratives of migration as this took place in the nineteenth century from Curacao, a Dutch island situated near the coast of Venezuela.

The Process
“Rejecting Objectivity: Reflections of a Black Feminist Researcher Interviewing Black Women” Keila Taylor, University of Washington

How Would You Teach It?
“The Work of Teaching Women’s Auto/Bio Comics” Candida Rifkind, University of Winnipeg

Afterword
The 2018 Timothy Dow Adams Awards

Reviews
Rev. of Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley (Eds) Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016. Bethany Mannon, Old Dominion University
Rev. of Women and Genocide: Gendered Experiences of Violence, Survival and Resistance JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz and Donna Gosbee, (Eds.) Women’s Press of Canada, 2016. Jill Worrall, Masey University
Rev. of Postcolonial Life Narratives: Testimonial Transactions Gillian Whitlock Oxford University Press, 2015. John McLeod, University of Leeds
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is will great pleasure (and indeed relief) that I announce the publication of my book The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical: Negotiated Truth by Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Studies in Life Writing Series, March 2019. This work would not have been possible without the intellectual inspiration, challenging debates and discussions and personal generosity of my fellow IABA members over the past ten years, and I am delighted to now share it with you all. The links (US and UK) below will lead to a 20% discount and the text is also available via ebook and individual chapter downloads. Similar offers are available via Palgrave online sites across the world

All best wishes,

Meg Jensen

https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030061050

 https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030061050

1st ed. 2019, XIII, 299 p. 1 illus. Printed book Hardcover 74,99 € | £64.99 | $89.99 80,24 € (D) | 82,49 € (A) | CHF [1] 88,50 eBook 63,06 € | £51.99 | $69.99 63,06 € (D) | 63,06 € (A) | CHF [2] 70,50 Available from your library or springer.com/shop MyCopy [3] Printed eBook for just € | $ 24.99 springer.com/mycopy

This book examines posttraumatic autobiographical projects, elucidating the complex relationship between the ‘science of trauma’ (and how that idea is understood across various scientific disciplines), and the rhetorical strategies of fragmentation, dissociation, reticence and repetitive troping widely used the representation of traumatic experience. From autobiographical fictions to prison poems, from witness testimony to autography, and from testimonio to war memorials, otherwise dissimilar projects speak of past suffering through a limited and even predictable discourse in search of healing. Drawing on approaches from literary, human rights and cultural studies that highlight relations between trauma, language, meaning and self-hood, and the latest research on the science of trauma from the fields of clinical, behavioral and evolutionary psychology and neuroscience, I read such autobiographical projects not as ‘symptoms’ but as complex interrogative negotiations of trauma and its aftermath: commemorative and performative narratives navigating aesthetic, biological, cultural, linguistic and emotional pressure and inspiration.

From Nadine Saba, Board President and Program Director, Akkar Network for Development, Beirut:

“This work provides useful information to rights practitioners and social workers who are confronting complex trauma on a day to day basis. It allows them to learn more about the nature of trauma, its relationship to story-telling, and use this knowledge to improve their interventions through evidence – based information and time-efficient treatments for supporting the well-being of those with complex trauma.”

From Dr Ghassan Jawad Kadhim, Ministry of the Interior and Human Rights Commission, Iraq, and human rights consultant to Oxfam, Iraq:

As a survivor of two kidnappings, I found the material in this book both professionally useful in the work I now do with peace educators and victims of sexual violence in Iraq, my home, and personally healing. It is an important and highly relevant marriage of theory and practice. In Iraq we have suffered decades of war and we need the tools to help us recover. Understanding the role of trauma in autobiographical writing and finding ways to apply this wisdom in the field, will help in our recovery and this book will become a vital source for this work.

Meg Jensen is Associate Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing and Director of the Life Narrative Research Group at Kingston University. In 2014 she co-edited a major collection, Life Narratives and Human Rights, with Margaretta Jolly. She lives in London with her lovely family and two rather stupid cats.

 

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Call for Book Proposals

Interdisciplinary Studies in Diasporas

Series Editors: Irene Maria F. Blayer and Dulce Maria Scott

The Interdisciplinary Studies in Diasporas book series published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers was launched in 2016. The series opens a discursive space in diaspora scholarship in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. The volumes published in this series comprise studies that explore and contribute to an understanding of diasporas from a broad spectrum of cultural, literary, linguistic, anthropological, historical, political, and socioeconomic perspectives, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches.

Proposals now being accepted for original monographs and edited collections. If you have a relevant manuscript or book prospectus that you would like considered for the series, please direct inquiries to the editors. All proposals and manuscripts are peer reviewed.

Dr. Irene M. F. Blayer,
 Brock University, Ontario, Canada Iblayer@brocku.ca
Dr. Dulce M. Scott,
 Anderson University, Indiana, USA dmscott@anderson.edu

Series website: https://www.peterlang.com/view/serial/ISD

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Seeking Submissions for New Open Access Online Journal–The Journal of Epistolary Studies

 

The Journal of Epistolary Studies (JES) aims to be the premier international publication venue for all scholarship epistolary. The purpose of JES is to publish quality research in all areas of epistolary study, bringing together scholarship of letters and letter writing from across disciplines and historical time periods. Social, historical, literary, linguistic, bibliographical, and material approaches to letters and letter writing all will be considered. JES will offer a forum for academics researching a major genre hitherto not served by major periodical publication. It will be an articles-only journal published bi-annually in the spring and fall.

JES has a stellar editorial board membership of scholars whose research covers many epistolary subfields and historical periods:

Eve Tavor Bannet, University of Oklahoma

Paola Ceccarelli, University College London, United Kingdom

James Daybell, University of Plymouth

Susan Fitzmaurice, University of Sheffield

Elizabeth Hewitt, The Ohio State University, Columbus

Katherine Kong, Independent Scholar

Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University

Antje Richter, University of Colorado, Boulder

Liz Stanley, University of Edinburgh

Alan Stewart, Columbia University

The journal’s website is at https://journals.tdl.org/jes/index.php/jes.

We are seeking submissions from any scholars interested in the genre. Please register at the website to submit a manuscript, to volunteer as a peer reviewer, and to receive journal announcements. Click on REGISTER above the masthead. Optional fields on the registration page you may complete as you wish, but please include your affiliation and if you wish to serve as peer reviewer, please indicate your reviewing interests.

Contact the editor, Gary Schneider, at gary.schneider@utrgv.edu with any questions.

Contact Email:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am thrilled to announce that my book Literature and the Rise of the Interview is now available from Oxford University Press. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible, it has emphatically (and fittingly) been a collaborative effort.
Please see the announcement below. Use code AAFLYG6 to get a 30% discount when purchasing from OUP directly. The book is also available from general bookstores and I am pleased to note that if you buy the Kindle edition you get a whole 80 cents (or £3) off the cover price. Bargain indeed.
Do also note my updated email address: I have recently joined the University of Birmingham as Lecturer in Contemporary Literature!
best wishes
Becky Roach
Cover for Literature and the Rise of the Interview

December 2018 | Hardcover
£60.00 | $74.00 9780198825418 | 304 pages

Literature and the Rise of the Interview

Rebecca Roach

  • Traces the literary and cultural history of interviews from the 1860s to today
  • Reveals how writers have been interviewers and the subject of interviews and how they have used interviews in their fiction and non-fiction
  • Explores a broad range of writers including Henry James, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Djuna Barnes, William Burroughs, Philip Roth, J. M. Coetzee, and Toni Morrison
  • Contributes to exciting work examining new media and informational technologies in the modernist period and beyond
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Now For Sale (limited edition):

T.G. Ashplant, Clare Brant and Iona Luca (eds.)
Cher Philippe
A Festschrift for Philippe Lejeune on the occasion of his 80
th
birthday
(Amsterdam: Panchaud Publishers and the European Journal of Life Writing, 2018)
Price: € 30 (Libraries: € 50)
Please send your orders to: Monica Soeting (m.soeting@xs4all.nl) and support the European Journal of Life Writing
Contents:
Julia Watson: The Exquisite Ironies of Philippe Lejeune: Nine Auto-Anti-Theses John Eakin: Philippe Lejeune Turns Eighty
Alfred Hornung: Le Pacte Philippe
Craig Howes: For Philippe Lejeune
Jeremy D. Popkin: Philippe Lejeune and the Spirit of May 1968
Christa Hämmerle: Enthusiasm, Curiosity and Creative Approaches: In Recognition of Philippe
Lejeune’s Research
Carole Allemand: The Autobiographical Pact, Forty-Five Years Later
Zoltán Z. Varga: About the Contractual Nature of the Autobiographical
T.G. Ashplant: Un Esprit Démocratique: les dérives de Lejeune, chiffonnier et collectionneur des autobiographies
G. Thomas Couser: Philippe Lejeune: An American(ist)’s Appreciation
Julie Rak: The Hidden Genre: Diaries and Time
Arianne Baggerman and Rudolf Dekker: The Hidden Genre: Diaries and Time
Regine Strätling: Economies of the Gift: Michel Leiris’s “‘Vois! Déjà l’ange …’” and Sociological Theories of the Circulation and Expenditure of Goods
Leonieke Vermeer: “Cheerful Angels Looking Down on Us.” Parental Emotions in Diaries about the Illness and Death of Infants and Young Children (1780–1880)
Gergely Kunt: Coping with Horror, Writing with Humour: A Hungarian Teenager’s Diary of Her Family’s 1951 Deportation to the Countryside
Pawel Rodak: Suffering and Writing. Autotherapeutic Functions of Some Polish Writers’ Personal
Diaries
Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle: Impossible Autobiography: For Phillippe Lejeune
Gillian Whitlock: The Diary of a Disaster: Behrouz Boochani’s “asylum in space”
Monica Soeting: Dear Diary, Dear Comrade. Fiction and Non-Fiction in the Diaries of Setske de Haan, Joop ter Heul and Anne Frank
Clare Brant: Dining with Philippe Lejeune: Just Desserts

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Newsletter Biography Institute

January 2019

(PDF-version)

Annual Report Biography Institute
The annual report 2018 of the Biography Institute is available in Dutch and in English. A printed copy can be ordered via email.

Hans Renders fellow in Canberra
From the end of January to mid-March, Hans Renders works as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. He teaches at the Life Writing Center there a series of lectures, as well as for the George Rudé Society, The National Library of Australia in Sydney and for the National Center of Biography – Australian Dictionary of Biography. Renders will be temporarily added to the staff of College Arts & Social Sciences.

Ad van Liempt writes biography Albert Gemmeker
The renowned historian Ad van Liempt writes under supervision of prof. Hans Renders and prof. Doeko Bosscher a biography of Albert Gemmeker, commander of the transition camp for jews near the Dutch village of Westerbork. After the war, the legal investigation of his criminal acts took seventeen years in total. The question if Gemmeker knew the fate of the jews produced a huge pile of documents in German archives. Up till now this material was considered to be confident, but for this project Ad van Liempt was given full access.

Biography Jelle Zijlstra praised widely
The biography of Jelle Zijlstra, the subject of Jonne Harmsma’s PhD defense on 29 November, received many laudatory reviews in the Dutch press. For example Meindert Fennema praised the book in his article in NRC Handelsblad. A complete list of the reviews in newspapers and online can be found here.

More information can be found on the website www.biografieinstituut.nl.
For subscribing to and unsubscribing from this newsletter, please email biografie.instituut@rug.nl

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Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
vol. 41, no. 3 • Summer 2018

Editor’s Note

Roderick N. Labrador & Brian Su-Jen Chung, guest editors
Asian American Hip-Hop Musical Auto/Biographies

Roderick N. Labrador
“Freaky” Asian Americans, Hip-Hop, and Musical Autobiography:
An Introduction
This introduction uses the life, music, and autobiography of Fresh Kid Ice
(from the 2 Live Crew) to frame a central objective in this themed cluster of
essays, titled “Asian American Hip-Hop Musical Auto/Biographies,” which
extends our understanding of how hip-hop, and more specifically rap, in
Asian America are forms of musical autobiography. Along with the contributions
in the cluster, this introductory essay begins productive conversations
between Asian American studies, hip-hop studies, and life writing studies.
Asian American hip-hop musical autobiographies can offer alternative ways
for imagining and unsettling a politics of Asian American identity and cultural
production in the context of global capitalism, neoliberalism, and hip-hop
culture industries as they intersect with Blackness and anti-Blackness,
gender, sexuality, multiracial space and place, refugee diasporas, and linguistic
expressions.

Kenneth Chan
“Bad Gal” and the “Bad” Refugee: Refugee Narratives, Neoliberal
Violence, and Musical Autobiography in Honey Cocaine’s Cambodian
Canadian Hip-Hop
This project employs a close textual reading of Cambodian Canadian hip-hop
artist Honey Cocaine’s 2016 music video “Bad Gal.” Drawing from the fields
of Critical Refugee Studies, comparative racialization, and neoliberal critique,
I delineate the processes of gendered racialization for the Cambodian diasporic
subject, and begin to unpack its racialized relationship to Blackness. In
observing “Bad Gal” for its audiovisual content, temporal narrative, themes
of deviance and Blackness, as well as supplemented by historical and spatial
contexts, and interviews with Honey Cocaine, I argue that the construction
of the “bad gal” or “bad refugee” persona is racialized through the genre of
hip-hop and Blackness, and acts as a way for the Cambodian diasporic subject
to negotiate against neoliberal logics and binary discourses of the “good”
versus “dysfunctional” refugee. Through engaging with a cultural studies lens,
this project encourages a reading of Asian diasporic hip-hop that complicates
static understandings around authenticity, appropriation, and race relations,
and to read the texts for their contradictions in revealing the ways it negotiates
systems of neoliberalism, rather than to assess work for their “critical” or
“politically resistive” value.

Mark Redondo Villegas
Redefined What Is Meant to Be Divine: Prayer and Protest in
Blue Scholars
This article examines the biographical narrations of spiritual redemption in
Blue Scholars (2004), the debut album of the Seattle-based hip-hop duo the
Blue Scholars. The article shows how the album inherits the soulfulness of
the avant-garde community group isangmahal arts kollective, which itself
emerged from a sprawling network of experimental Filipino American creative
communities in the 1990s. As a nostalgic homage to these communities,
Blue Scholars gives evidence of the mutuality between themes of spiritual redemption
and leftist political agitation in Filipino American cultural politics.
The article argues that a new Asian American culture of defiance (as seen in
the Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit) is
indebted to a tradition of Filipino American decolonial spiritual politics as
documented in Blue Scholars.

Ruben Enrique Campos III
The Posse Cut as Autobiographical Utterance of Place in the Night
Marchers’ Three Dots
Two hundred and forty years after contact and one hundred twenty years
after the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom, the process and project of
conquest continues. Hawai‘i’s Indigenous people and settler populations remain
caught in a tense, back-and-forth process of place-making and identity
formation. The poles of Native and settler exist in the same time and place,
reflected in the land and lyrical life writing as if two turntables were playing
very different songs synced to the same BPM, their peaks and valleys complementing
each other, the horizon of their soundscape always competing. Understanding
Hawai‘i thus requires the crossfade—the constant movement between
two decks. In 2012, the Night Marchers, a local and Hawaiian hip-hop
posse, released their debut album Three Dots, across which, Indigenous, Asian
settler, and Black diasporic rap artists crossfaded across their tense geography
through overlapping verses and dialogic life writing. The complexities of their
work together, understood as synced but choppy, reveals the dense layers of
Hawai‘i’s rich, symbolic, and politically overdetermined landscape.

Genevieve Leung and Melissa Chen
(Re)Writing Contemporary Cantonese Heritage Language and Identity:
Examining MC Jin’s ABC Album
Debuting in 2001, Cantonese-English bilingual rapper Jin Au-Yeung, better
known as MC Jin, has been a longstanding figure in the Asian American
hip-hop community. His professional and personal journey has taken him
from his birthplace of Miami to Hong Kong, where he became a household
name, to New York, where he currently resides with his wife and young son.
Some have viewed Jin and his language use through the deficit lens of his
incomplete Cantonese language acquisition. We argue, however, that his so-called
“kitchen language,” or the perceived reduction of his linguistic productive
domain to merely household objects and phrases, as well as his “return
home” to Hong Kong, are actually poignant heuristics to literally and interactionally
perform transnational Chinese American identity and masculinity
across time and space. Through examining the songs from Jin’s 2007 album,
ABC, we discuss the various tropes Jin utilizes to stake claims on and narrate
authenticity relating to the Hong Kong Cantonese (American) experience.
Viewing Jin’s lyrics and his collaborations with Asian American celebrities
and hip-hop artists as auto/biographical texts, we discursively analyze his autonomy
of self-expression and narration of identity through hip-hop. We
also discuss the ways these narratives map onto larger discourses of Asian
American identities. Ultimately, we argue that Jin is a pioneering mediator
who reconfigures modern geographies of Asia/Asian America by (re)writing
what it means to be a contemporary heritage speaker of Cantonese, providing
new and powerful resonances to bilingual prose and expression.

Brian Su-Jen Chung
Narrating Failure: MC Jin’s Return to Rap in the United States
When MC Jin returned to the United States in 2012 after a four-year stint
as a Hong Kong entertainer, US media was fixated on a particular narrative
of his “failed” opportunity to be one of the first Asian American rap stars
nearly a decade prior. This essay examines how MC Jin himself explains his
interest in rap as a source of Asian American identity and kinship formation.
His self-narratives both respond to and prompt media coverage of failure
as a racial discourse in MC Jin’s biography as a rap artist. I argue that MC
Jin revises existing knowledge of his biography, which counters the model-minority
logic attributed to Asian American rap stardom and resignifies “failure”
as an ongoing dialogue to explore, develop, and imagine new ways of
becoming Asian American.

David A. M. Goldberg
Beats, Rhymes, and Life in the Ocean of Sound: An Object-Oriented
Methodology for Encountering Rap Music
In this article I propose a prototype analytic framework for rap that 1) foregrounds
the phenomenological and aesthetic encounter with the sonic energy
that remains the core experience of rap music; and 2) considers that
encounter without segregating vocals, lyrics, and music. I draw on philosopher
Graham Harman’s object-oriented ontology and experimental musician
Paul Schaeffer’s technique of “reduced listening” to decenter the emcee in a
nonhierarchical, desegregated approach to sound. This approach is intended
to generate fresh vectors for listener and creator subjectivity that are based on
how individual words, sounds, textures, and rhythms are stored within and
transmitted by the mechanics of the rap composition. I test my phenomenological
approach using three works by Asian American hip-hop artists whose
culturally specific autobiographical narratives are carried and articulated by
soundscapes that adhere to and depend on Black aesthetic priorities. Playing
with and against Halife Osumare’s hip-hop ontology of “connective marginalities”
and critical works by poet Thien-Bao Thuc Phi and scholar Oliver
Wang, I hope to destabilize rap’s ethnocentrism by “getting down” to the
molecules of sound, where race and individual identity are emergent but not
inevitable or primary properties of rap’s sonic complexes. By encouraging
the analysis of rap at smaller and shorter scales of syllables and snare hits and
larger scales of genre transpositions, I hope to excavate standards of production
and performance that, though African American in origin, have not only
been established by hip-hop itself but transformed and contributed to by all
of its participants.

Joanny Moulin & Delphine Letort, guest editors
Political Biography in Literature and Cinema

Delphine Letort and Joanny Moulin
Introduction to Political Biography in Literature and Cinema
This short introduction proposes to look at the growing impact of contemporary
biographical films on political life, more particularly on the collective
mental representations of political figures. Compared to print biographies,
biographical films focus on significant periods of the subjects’ lives, and even
more on specific issues or debates related to those, to propose discursive statements
on certain crucial questions of general interest. Envisaging film biographies
through the perspective of their more recent evolution, which goes far
beyond the historically situated form still more or less implied by the term
“biopic,” this introduction goes on to reflect on the different aesthetic perceptions
of fictionalization in film and print. Finally, it offers brief summaries
of the articles gathered in this cluster.

Rémi Fontanel
French Television and Political Biography
This article focuses on the specificities of political biopics created by French
television. First, this essay offers an overview of French televised fictional
biography as it was forged over time on the narrative treatment of historical
figures (Léon Blum, Charles De Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, François
Mitterrand, Simone Veil, etc.) and facts (Popular Front, resistance fighting
during the war, political campaigns, May ‘68, legalizing abortion, etc.). The
second part of this survey focuses more particularly on the subjects of recent
productions (2000s and after), which explore new types of writing, for example
by utilizing archival documents that enrich the biopic genre. Finally,
this contribution questions the different political stakes of the biopic as a
historical and cultural representation of the French nation.

Nicole Cloarec
Recasting the Iron Lady into Flesh and Blood: Gender Performance and
Politics in Three Thatcher Biopics
This article analyzes how three Margaret Thatcher biopics, produced twenty
years or so after she stepped down from power, have portrayed the highly
controversial former British Prime Minister. In keeping with the conventional
approach of the biopic genre, the three films typically shift focus from
the public to the private figure, but they also bring a more specific answer,
reading Thatcher’s career from a gendered perspective. Thus the films “humanize”
their main character by “feminizing” her, but this perspective also
allows Thatcher’s image to be deconstructed through the notion of gender
and political performance. Ultimately, the films turn the political figure into
a proper heroine within different generic conventions that all share proleptic
and dramatic irony as their main propelling narrative device.

Françoise Coste
Writing the Life of Ronald Reagan: An Impossible Mission? 654
Few American academics have written biographies of Ronald Reagan. The
field remains wide open and is dominated by conservative hagiographers, the
political reporter Lou Cannon, and an official biographer, Edmund Morris,
who channeled his writer’s block into fiction. This article analyzes how
a French Reagan scholar had to navigate such complex sources to write an
academic biography of the fortieth president of the United States.

Gertjan Willems
From Political Biography to Political Event: The Daens Myth in
Literature and Cinema
This article examines how Louis Paul Boon’s historical novel Pieter Daens
(1971) and Stijn Coninx’s biopic Daens (1992) have contributed to the
“Daens myth,” in which the Belgian priest and politician Adolf Daens is
idealized as a self-assured hero fighting social injustice. The article focuses on
how Daens is related to Flemish nation-building and how the political biopic
became a political event itself.

Reviews

Political Life Writing in the Pacific: Reflections on Practice, edited by Jack
Corbett and Brij V. Lal
Reviewed by Alexander Mawyer

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives, by Leigh
Gilmore
Reviewed by Sarah Brophy

Picture Bride Stories, by Barbara F. Kawakami
Reviewed by Kelli Y. Nakamura

“How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American
Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs, by Tahneer Oksman
Reviewed by Roberta Mock

Gendered Testimonies of the Holocaust: Writing Life, by Petra M. Schweitzer
Reviewed by Batsheva Ben-Amos

Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media
Practices, by Jeffrey Shandler
Reviewed by Sarah Jefferies

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

Corrigendum

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

Contributors

New Issue of 19: Silence in the Archives: Censorship and Suppression in Women’s Life Writing

The nineteenth-century women’s life writing archive is a space rife with gendered intervention. ‘Silence in the Archives: Censorship and Suppression in Women’s Life Writing’ engages with forms of archival spaces ranging between the institutional, the familial, and the imaginary. Five scholarly articles examine the preservation, construction, and censorship of nineteenth-century women’s life writing using a wide range of primary sources and across disciplines including literature, history, art history, and information sciences. These articles examine evidence both incorporated within and peripheral to traditional institutional archives, suggesting that researchers’ materials and methods of interpretation must be creative and interdisciplinary, and that the concept of the ‘archive’ must be stretched beyond its traditional limitations in order to grapple with the many dimensions and remnants of nineteenth-century women’s life writing. A forum section presents new models for mediating and negotiating archival absences in nineteenth-century women’s life writing through digital innovations. The forum also suggests strategies for recovering the doubly silenced voices of nineteenth-century women of colour. This issue of 19 queries women’s role in society in the long nineteenth century across temporalities and contributes to understandings of how the creation and preservation of life writing interacted with women’s evolving domestic, societal, and self-reflexive identities. It does so by examining extant archives and recovery projects relating to both canonical and lesser known women, including Claire Clairmont, Margaret Fuller, Eva Knatchbull-Hugessen, Christina Liddell, Mary Watts, Dora Montefiore, and Margaret Harkness.

 

Introduction: Reading Silence in the Long Nineteenth-Century Women’s Life Writing Archive
Alexis Wolf

Horrid Mysteries of Cl Cl 26: A Tale of Mothers and Daughters
Elizabeth Campbell Denlinger

Margaret Fuller’s Archive: Absence, Erasure, and Critical Work
Sonia Di Loreto

Silence, Dissent, and Affective Relations in the Juvenile Diaries of Eva Knatchbull-Hugessen (1861-1895)
Kathryn Gleadle

Christina Liddell, the Forgotten Fraser Tytler Sister: Censorship and Suppression in Mary Watt’s Life Writing
Lucy Ella Rose

Censorship and Self-Censorship: Revisiting the Belt Case in the Making of Dora Montefiore (1851-1933)
Karen Hunt

Forum
The Harkives: Cataloguing the Coherence and Complexity of Margaret Harkness/John Law
Lisa C. Robertson, Flore Janssen

‘We the ladies… have been deprived of a voice’: Uncovering Black Women’s Lives through the Coloured Conventions Archive
Samantha de Vera

Afterword
Katherine Newey

To read the latest issue and all previous issues click here: https://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/.

Contact Info:

Niki Lambert

Contact Email:

 

Centre for Narrative Research at UEL: 

Programme of Activities, 2018-2019

All events are free, and open to everyone

 

CNR directors: Molly Andrews, Cigdem Esin and Corinne Squire

CNR Research Fellow: Aura Lounaasma

CNR website and elist : https://www.uel.ac.uk/schools/social-sciences/our-research-and-engagement/research/centre-for-narrative-research

CNR blog: https://centrefornarrativeresearch.wordpress.com/
CNR twitter: @CNRUEL

CNR Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/centrefornarrativeresearch/

 

Ten years after: Stories of a decade of austerity in the HIV sector

CNR with HIV Psychosocial Network: Report launch. Tuesday November 20 River House, Rutland Grove, Hammersmith W69DJ, 3.30-5pm. Contact: Corinne Squire c.squire@uel.ac.uk

Narratives of political conflict and struggle, Wednesday February 27, UEL, Docklands, 2-5pm. Contact: Cigdem Esin c.esin@uel.ac.uk

Artistic strategies and methods in refugee projects. Friday March 29, UEL, USS Stratford, 1-4pm. Room tba. Contact: Cigdem Esin c.esin@uel.ac.uk

To think is to experiment: The annual CNR international graduate conference

Thursday May 2, 2019 UEL, USS Stratford, 10am-4pm. Room tba. Call for papers: forthcoming, early 2019. For early-bird details, please contact Cigdem Esin c.esin@uel.ac.uk

Book launch and discussion: Narrative power, by Ken Plummer, May, UEL, USS Stratford, TBA

Contact: Molly Andrews m.andrews@uel.ac.uk

Questions of narrative criminology: Lois Presser in conversation, June, UEL Stratford, TBA

Contact: Molly Andrews m.andrews@uel.ac.uk

CNR Visitors

Adriana Prates Sacramento, University of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: until March 2019. Adriana has a long and rich history of working with vulnerable youth, particularly around drug issues. She is currently researching trans women’s experiences in Bahia, Brazil.

Lois Presser, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA: summer 2019.  Lois is one of the founders of narrative criminology and a widely cited for her innovative empirical and theoretical approach to this narrative field.

CNR-TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2018-2019

Centre for Narrative Research (CNR), University of East London

and Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), UCL Institute of Education

All seminars take place at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA, from 5 -6.30pm, on Tuesdays.  All are welcome, particularly graduate students.

October 9 Claire Feeley, University of Central Lancashire: Practising ‘outside of the box’ whilst within ‘the system’. A feminist narrative inquiry of NHS midwives facilitating and supporting women’s unconventional birth choices in the UK.

November 6 Elizabeth Chappell, The Open University: What can we learn from talking to hibakusha (survivors of Hiroshima)? Narrative and the ethics of memory in hibakusha life stories.

December 4 Adriana Prates, Federal University of Bahia Problematizing the production of health knowledge about stigmatized people: POPTRANS research on transsexual women and transvestites

February 12 Carolina Gutierrez, UCL Institute of Education, TCRU:Grandparent care in Chile: experiences of parenting grandparents and their live-in grandchildren

March 5 Amneris Puscascu, UCL Institute of Education, TCRU: Title TBA

April 2 Peter Phillips, Cardiff University:Inside stories

May 7 Sa  Sanny Mulubale, University of East London, CNR: Critical Citizens: 

                 Positionality of the ‘Self’ within Stories of Zambian Teachers Living with Human Immune–deficiency Virus (HIV) and on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).

Seminar details are announced on CNR and TCRU mailing lists two weeks before the seminar date. For more details, please contact Corinne Squire, CNR, c.squire@uel.ac.uk or Carolina Guttierez Munoz, Thomas Coram Research Unit graduate partner, carolina.gutierrez.16@ucl.ac.uk

Teaching Programmes in Narrative Research

The Postgraduate Associate Certificate programme in Narrative Research at CNR is a unique Masters-level interdisciplinary programme, drawing on social sciences and the humanities to provide graduate-level education in narrative theories and methods. The 30 credit programme gives students experience in the application of narrative concepts and analysis to particular fields. In addition, the programmes develop more general skills of review, criticism, and team and individual research, all within the context of narrative research.

Narrative Research September-January 2018-2019, by distance learning

Life Stories is a five-credit introductory undergraduate programme, delivered outside of UEL for students with historically low Higher Education access, as a gateway to HE. Last year this programme was delivered with UNITE the union, NOMAD (Nations of Migration Awakening the Diaspora), and the Greater Manchester Refugee Support Network. This year, it will be delivered alongside the Open Learning Initiative for refugees and asylum-seekers (OLIve) at UEL, for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and for a group of young people at Newham FE College.

For further information, please email c.squire@uel.ac.uk and see

https://www.uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/associate-pgcert-narrative-research-via-dist-learning or https://educatingwithoutborders.wordpress.com/university-for-all-2/

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Open Your Hand

Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American

By Ilana Blumberg

210 pages, 6 x 9

Paperback,November 1, 2018,$19.95

978-1-9788-0081-6

Cloth,November 1, 2018,$99.95

978-1-9788-0082-3

PDF,November 1, 2018,$19.95

978-1-9788-0085-4

EPUB,November 1, 2018,$19.95

978-1-9788-0083-0

https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/open-your-hand/9781978800816

About This Book
Fifteen years into a successful career as a college professor, Ilana Blumberg encounters a crisis in the classroom that sends her back to the most basic questions about education and prompts a life-changing journey that ultimately takes her from East Lansing to Tel Aviv.  As she explores how civic and religious commitments shape the culture of her humanities classrooms, Blumberg argues that there is no education without ethics. When we know what sort of society we seek to build, our teaching practices follow.
In vivid classroom scenes from kindergarten through middle school to the university level, Blumberg conveys the drama of intellectual discovery as she offers novice and experienced teachers a pedagogy of writing, speaking, reading, and thinking that she links clearly to the moral and personal development of her students.
Writing as an observant Jew and as an American, Blumberg does not shy away from the difficult challenge of balancing identities in the twenty-first century: how to remain true to a community of origin while being a national and global citizen. As she negotiates questions of faith and citizenship in the wide range of classrooms she traverses, Blumberg reminds us that teaching – and learning – are nothing short of a moral art, and that the future of our society depends on it.
About the Author/Editor
ILANA M. BLUMBERG is a senior lecturer in English literature and director of the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is the author of Victorian Sacrifice: Ethics and Economics in Mid-Century Novels and the Sami Rohr Choice Award-winning memoir Houses of Study: a Jewish Woman among Books.
Reviews
“In this remarkable memoir, Ilana Blumberg insists that classroom instruction entails moral commitments illuminated, in her case, through immersion in the humanities. A gift to anyone interested in the art and practice of teaching, and a powerful pedagogic manifesto.”

–Jonathan D. Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University

“This extraordinary book is part memoir, part discussion of the ethics and praxis of education, and part detailed accounts of Blumberg’s teaching experiences – poignant, dramatic, profound in their implications. Ranging from pre-school to college, these narratives show how redemptive the act of writing can sometimes be. Blumberg herself thinks and writes her way through crises that interrogate her own assumptions. Here lies the generative drama of her book. A large-hearted and clear-minded document. Highly recommended.”

–Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, author of Moses: A Human Life

“A smart, compelling, significant memoir. I enthusiastically recommend this particularly timely book as it makes a spiritual and ethical case for the humanities in action and for fact-based, rational discourse…Ultimately, Blumberg champions the sacred art of teaching and the power of reading and writing to make worlds and moral selves.”

–Helene Meyers, author of Identity Papers: Contemporary Narratives of American Jewishness

“A powerful reflection on this teaching life…engaging, reflective, and honest. Open Your Hand will appeal to those interested in grappling with what the connection is–or should be–between worlds inside and outside of the classroom.”

–Tahneer Oksman, author of “How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”

“Reading Open Your Hand is an exhilarating experience. Beautifully written, passionately argued, this is a profound meditation on education, morality, identity. Blumberg takes us through an astonishing range of educational experiences and reminds us why education is an exalted adventure. In a relativistic era, she insists on the urgency and possibility of a moral education. Open Your Hand is an essential book on what it means to be an educator.”

–Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute

Open Your Hand will restore your faith in the power of teachers to make a difference. Blumberg offers her readers a thoughtful meditation on moral education by way of an entertaining and often poignant tour of the institutions in which she has taught. She describes her students with a level of empathy and insight that makes you wish that you had studied with her.”

–Jonathan Krasner, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research, Brandeis University

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New Directions in the Humanities
After Poland: A Memoir Because of Primo Levi 
Cheryl Chaffin

In If This Is a Man, Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi wrote an ethical treatise on how to regain humanity after atrocity. His need to write developed at Auschwitz. Upon return to Italy in late 1945, he began to compose his rst testimonial work. In After Poland, a story written as both a biography and a memoir, scholar Cheryl Chaffin travels to Poland because of her love for Levi’s writing and his story. As a student in Italy in the 1980s, she first discovered Levi’s work. Years later, his words accompany her through sites of memory and modern streets of rebuilt cities and towns. She turns to Polish art, poetry, photography, and politics to make sense of interconnected histories. This is a literary love story of one woman’s confrontation with the trauma of history. In deep engagement with Levi’s writing, she discovers her own ethical response to the world and learns to live in response to the histories that haunt us.

Cheryl Chaffin has an MFA in Writing and a Ph.D. in Humanities. She teaches composition and literature at Cabrillo College in California. In 2014 she travelled to Poland with Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows. She is currently writing a second book, The Bright Dream: A Writer’s Return to Italy. Cheryl’s writing has appeared in The Sun, Poesy, Porter Gulch Review, Literary Mama, InPrint, Mothers and Daughters, Penumbra, Catamaran Literary Reader, and, Ex-Centric Narratives.

ISBNs:
978-1-86335-007-5 (hbk)
978-1-86335-008-2 (pbk)
978-1-86335-009-9 (pdf)

176 Pages

Network Website:
thehumanities.com
https://thehumanities.com/books/featured-books

Author Website:
cherylchaffin.com

DOI: 10.18848/978-1-86335- 009-9/CGP

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Newsletter Biography Institute

November 2018

(PDF-version)

Conferentie Different Lives big success

From 19 until 21 September, the conference Different Lives: Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies took place, organized by the Biography Institute, the Biography Society and the Biographers International Organization. The conference was followed with great interest by the public and the media. The opening lecture by Nigel Hamilton was the start of a series of panels and roundtable discussions. Seventeen speakers from four continents lectured upon the biographical tradition in their home country, but also about (self)censorship in biography, the relation between biography and history and that between biography and the publishing world. An extensive report on the conference can be found here.

Jonne Harmsma’s PhD defense ceremony on 29 November

With his biography Jelle zal wel zien. Jelle Zijlstra. Een eigenzinnig leven tussen politiek en economie, Jonne Harmsma will finish his PhD project at the Biography Institute. The public defense of his thesis will take place on 29 November, 14.30 at the Academy Building of the University of Groningen. The biography, which will be published by Prometheus, will afterwards be available in the bookstores.

The ABC of Modern Biography available

During the conference Different Lives, the first copy of The ABC of Modern Biography was handed out to Richard Holmes. The book was written by Nigel Hamilton and Hans Renders in a Dutch and in an English edition. The books are now available through Amazon and bol.com.

David Veltman will give lectures in the University Library and in the Groningen Archives

During two lectures, David Veltman will tell about the relation between Felix de Boeck and Groningen. Veltman is conducting PhD research on De Boeck at the Biography Institute. First, he is invited to speak on 29 November, 16.00 hrs, in the series ‘Treasures from the University Library’. On 12 December, 20.00 hrs, he will give a lecture at the Groningen Archives about the relation between De Boeck and the Groningen art circle De Ploeg.

More information can be found on the website www.biografieinstituut.nl.
For subscribing to and unsubscribing from this newsletter, please email biografie.instituut@rug.nl

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Truthful Fictions, edited by Michael Lackey

 

Bloomsbury has just released Truthful Fictions, a new collection of interviews with some of the world’s most prominent scholars and authors of biofiction, edited by Michael Lackey, and the press has a special offer for scholars. Here is the information.

In this new collection of interviews, some of America’s most prominent novelists identify the key intellectual developments that led to the rise of the contemporary biographical novel, discuss the kind of historical ‘truth’ this novel communicates, indicate why this narrative form is superior to the traditional historical novel, and reflect on the ideas and characters central to their individual works.

These interviews do more than just define an innovative genre of contemporary fiction. They provide a precise way of understanding the complicated relationship and pregnant tensions between contextualized thinking and historical representation, interdisciplinary studies and ‘truth’ production, and fictional reality and factual constructions. By focusing on classical and contemporary debates regarding the nature of the historical novel, this volume charts the forces that gave birth to a new incarnation of this genre.

Biofiction Special Offer from Bloomsbury Academic!
Buy both Truthful Fictions and Conversations with Biographical Novelists or each individually on www.bloomsbury.com and receive 35% off both books! Offer available October 18 – December 31, 2018

Conversations with Biographical Novelists * 9781501341458 * $32.95 $21.00
Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists * 9781623568252 * $29.95 $19.00
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Life Writing, Volume 15, Issue 4, December 2018 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This new issue contains the following articles:

Articles

From Autobiographical Act to Autobiography
Arnaud Schmitt
Pages: 469-486 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1478598

 

TED Talks as Life Writing: Online and Offline Activism
Ana Belén Martínez García
Pages: 487-503 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1405317

 

Life Writing, Cultural Memory, and Historical Mediation in Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor was Divine
Pei-chen Liao
Pages: 505-521 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1446666

 

As-told-to life writing: a topic for scholarship
Sandra Lindemann
Pages: 523-535 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1289807

 

Tuqan and Dayan: Palestinian and Israeli Women between Romance and Tragedy
Mohammed Hamdan
Pages: 537-559 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1416530

 

Narrative Empathy in Dr. Goonam’s Coolie Doctor and Zubeida Jaffer’s Our Generation
Felicity Hand
Pages: 561-576 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1426969

Essays

The Enigma of Arrival
George Kouvaros
Pages: 579-590 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2016.1276792

 

The Biographer’s ‘Keeper’ (When the Estate is With You): Writing the Biography of Thea Astley
Karen Lamb
Pages: 591-596 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1470893

 

Hope Street: From Voice to Agency for Care-Leavers in Higher Education
Jacqueline Z. Wilson, Philip Mendes & Frank Golding
Pages: 597-609 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2018.1427420

Reviews

“How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?” Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs
F. K. Clementi
Pages: 613-615 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2016.1234343

 

Writing Life: Early Twentieth-Century Autobiographies of the Artist-Hero
Alexander McKee
Pages: 617-620 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1331420

 

Drawing the Line: The Early Work of Agnes Martin
Alex Belsey
Pages: 621-624 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1339345

 

Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in French
Shirley Jordan
Pages: 625-628 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1330647

 

Auto/Biography in the Americas: Relational Lives
Nicoleta Alexoae-Zagni
Pages: 629-631 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1357418

 

Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing: Exploring the Self in the Learning Process
Daniel Vuillermin
Pages: 633-636 | DOI: 10.1080/14484528.2017.1357106

By Nigel Hamilton and Hans Renders

The ABC of Modern Biography

Ever wondered how and why biography – in books, plays, movies, television, blogs – seem to have inundated our modern world, from Hamilton to The Crown?

In The ABC of Modern Biography – an abc of the genre, with 26 entries – two renowned biographers and teachers take us on a tour, from A for Authorization (a very misunderstood concept, in the authors’ view) to Z for Zigzagging to the End. In trenchant, witty entries they explore the good, the bad and the plain ugly in modern “life writing” and the portrayal of real lives today – and how, across history and continents, we got here.

Highly original and compellingly written, The ABC of Modern Biography  is both authoritative and provocative. It will fascinate general readers interested in how real lives are approached by biographers today in a multitude of media. It will  make a much-needed contribution in academia, where the theory of biography is a burgeoning field of inquiry, as well as providing an important text for students of history, language and literature, the arts, American and gender studies, science and media. And, not least, for biographers trying to avoid the pitfalls of ignorance or ineptitude.
“Over the last thirty years the forms and ambitions of modern biography have been expanding almost beyond recognition, and this sprightly abc volume promises to take a fresh and exuberant overview of current developments. Nimble and non-academic, boldly arranged topic by topic, it will challenge many conventional assumptions about the way biographers actually work, and should provoke some fascinating discussions about the future of the genre. I welcome this feisty contribution to the ongoing biographical debate!”̶ Richard Holmes
Nigel Hamilton, former Professor of Biography at de Montfort University and currently Senior Fellow in the McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston, is the author of 27 works of biography and memoir.

Hans Renders is Professor of History and Theory of Biography, as well as Director of the Biography Institute at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Hardback
26 b/w illustrations
272 pages €29.99 / £24.99 / $33.75
Amsterdam University Press
https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789462986985/het-abc-van-de-biografie

www.amazon.com/ABC-Modern-Biography-Nigel-Hamilton/dp/9462988714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538058790&sr=8-1&keywords=Hamilton+The+Abc+of+modern

Also available from University of Chicago Press

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Dear IABA List Members

The paperback edition of Tainted Witness is now available! It includes a new preface connecting the TW framework to the #MeToo movement. You can order it here:

Use the promo code “CUP30” to buy the book from this site and receive a 30% discount off the price of the paperback edition of the book.

Thanks you for helping to spread the word and for all your support!
Leigh Gilmore
Wellesley College
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies
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The self and the world. Aspects of the aesthetics and politics of contemporary North American literary memoir by women (2018) written by Agnieszka Rzepa, Dagmara Drewniak, Katarzyna Macedulska

http://press.amu.edu.pl/pl/component/k2/item/4828-the-self-and-the-world-aspects-of-the-aesthetics-and-politics-of-contemporary-north-american-literary-memoir-by-women.html

The book constitutes an attempt at a selective, but far-ranging analysis of the aesthetics and politics of memoirs written by Canadian and US women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds since 1990. The study focuses on memoirs by experienced writers, consciously deploying in their texts a number of literary, visual and paratextual devices. The aim is to illuminate the ways in which they make sense of their experience and how they endow it with a particular narrative shape, with special focus on the implicit and explicit ideological baggage of the memoirs. An important aspect of the project is the critical reflection on the nature of memory that emerges from the selected texts in connection with both individual and collective history. Special focus falls on configurations of gender and race/ethnicity in the contexts of the two multicultural North American societies, and their influence on the process of self-fashioning.

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Inge Brinkman, ‘Representing performance. Memories of song, music and dance in the autobiographical writing of Ngũgĩ and Wainaina”. in: Emily Akuno, Kahithe Kiiru and Maina Mutonya (eds.), Music and Dance Research in East Africa (Nairobi: IFRA and Twaweza Communications 2018) pp. 120-134.

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LITERARY IMPOSTORS

Canadian Autofiction of the Early Twentieth Century

Rosmarin Heidenreich

“Rosmarin Heidenreich treats the subjects of ‘literary imposters’ and autofiction with great understanding and knowledge, making them comprehensible and captivating to the reader. This is a wonderful book that examines its characters with great insight. A considerable advancement.”

‒Diana Birchall, author of Onoto Watanna: The Story of Winnifred Eaton

“An entertaining and well-written study of the reinvention or re-engenderment of the lives of the surprisingly high number of ‘impostors’ in early Canadian literature. Heidenreich makes convincing points through suspensefully told detective work.”

‒Martin Kuester, Philipps-Universität Marburg Foreign Languages Institute of English & American Studies

 

In the first half of the twentieth century, a number of Canadian authors were revealed to have faked the identities that made them famous. What is extraordinary about these writers is that they actually “be- came,” in everyday life, characters they had themselves invented. Many of their works were simultaneously fictional and autobiographical, reflecting the duality of their identities.

In Literary Impostors, Rosmarin Heidenreich tells the intriguing stories, both the “true” and the fabricated versions, of six Canadian authors who obliterated their pasts and re-invented themselves: Grey Owl was in fact an Englishman named Archie Belaney; Will James, the cowboy writer from the American West, was the Quebec-born francophone Ernest Dufault; the prairie novelist Frederick Philip Grove turned out

to be the German writer and translator Felix Paul Greve. Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Onoto Watanna, and Sui Sin Far were the chosen identities of three mixed-race writers whose given names were, respec- tively, Sylvester Long, Winnifred Eaton, and Edith Eaton. Heidenreich argues that their imposture, in some cases not discovered until long after their deaths, was not fraudulent in the usual sense: these writers forged new identities to become who they felt they really were.

In an age of proliferating cyber-identities and controversial claims to ancestry, Literary Impostors raises timely questions involving race, migrancy, and gender to illustrate the porousness of the line that is often drawn between an author’s biography and the fiction he or she produces.

Rosmarin Heidenreich is professor emerita at the Université de Saint-Boniface.

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