Biography

Biography
Volume 27, Number 3, Summer 2004

CONTENTS

Editors' Note

Articles

    Dawson, Ruth P., 1943-
    Maierhofer, Waltraud, 1959-
  • German Rediscovery of Life Writing: Introduction to Essays on German-Speaking Women as Rulers, Consorts, and Royal Mistresses in the Long Eighteenth Century
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    Subject Headings:
    • Autobiography -- Women authors.
    • Nobility -- Germany -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      This introduction to the analysis of the construction of aristocratic life writing by and about German women during the long eighteenth century explores the ongoing reevaluation of autobiography and biography by historians, Germanists, and other scholars in the humanities and social scientists.
    Dreier, Helke.
  • Memoirs as Dynastic Means of Legitimization: Duchess Sophie of Hannover
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sophia, Electress, consort of Ernest Augustus, Elector of Hanover, 1630-1714.
    • Germany -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
    • Germany -- History -- 17th century -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      The memoirs of Duchess Sophie of Hannover exemplify female life writing in the seventeenth century. By no means merely a collection of anecdotes, her self-narrative is used by the duchess to foster the glory and reputation of the Dynasty of the Welfen, and to secure her place and role within that dynasty.
    Dawson, Ruth P., 1943-
  • Perilous Royal Biography: Representations of Catherine II Immediately after Her Seizure of the Throne
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    Subject Headings:
    • Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796.
    • Empresses -- Russia -- Biography.
    • Russia -- History -- Catherine II, 1762-1796 -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      When Tsar Peter III of Russia was deposed by his wife in 1762, a flurry of biographical texts appeared about both the hapless Peter and the new Tsarina, Catherine II. From the first newspaper accounts to official manifestos and unofficial biographical pamphlets, these texts illustrate the interplay among factors of gender, sexuality, dynasty, and legitimacy.
    Heipcke, Corinna.
  • Landgräfin Karoline of Hessen-Darmstadt: Epistolary Politics and the Problems of Consort Biography
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    Subject Headings:
    • Caroline, Landgravine, consort of Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, 1721-1774.
    • Hesse (Germany) -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
    • Hesse (Germany) -- History -- 1567-1806 -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      Karoline of Hessen-Darmstadt exemplifies the problems in writing the biography of a royal or high aristocratic consort in eighteenth-century Germany. Such a biography can only succeed if it deploys feminist historiography; takes seriously the correspondence of the consort as a historiographical source, and also takes seriously marriage politics as an important aspect of foreign politics.
    Meise, Helga, 1953-
  • Posthumous Fame and Writing of the Self by the "Great" Landgräfin Karoline of Hessen-Darmstadt
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    Subject Headings:
    • Caroline, Landgravine, consort of Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, 1721-1774.
    • Hesse (Germany) -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
    • Hesse (Germany) -- History -- 1567-1806 -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      This article deals with the contradictions imposed on Landgräfin Karoline of Hessen-Darmstadt, as the "Great Landgräfin" was torn between two completely different aims: to save her dynasty by means of her marriage politics; or to proceed in self-enlightenment by writing and reading, especially the philosophers of her time.
    Maierhofer, Waltraud, 1959-
  • Wilhelmine Encke-Ritz-Lichtenau: Writing and Reading the Life of a Prussian Royal Mistress
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lichtenau, Wilhelmine Ente, Gräfin Lichtenau, 1752-1820.
    • Prussia (Germany) -- Kings and rulers -- Mistresses -- Biography.
    Abstract:
      The life of Wilhelmine Encke, better known as Countess Lichtenau or "the German Pompadour," has been narrated extensively from her own best years into the twenty-first century. This article traces these life writings, and investigates how the issue of the legitimacy of female power in the realms of politics intertwined with discourses on gender roles and historical memory.

Reviews

    Silverman, Kenneth.
  • Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • France, Peter, 1935-, ed. Mapping lives: the uses of biography.
    • St. Clair, William, ed.
    • Biography as a literary form.
    Parke, Catherine Neal.
  • Writing Biography: Historians and Their Craft (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ambrosius, Lloyd E., ed. Writing biography: historians and their craft.
    • Biography as a literary form.
    Morehouse, Richard (Richard E.)
  • The Philosopher's Autobiography: A Qualitative Study (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Schuster, Shlomit C., 1951- Philosopher's autobiography: a qualitative study.
    • Philosophy -- Authorship.
    Kellogg, Judith, 1945-
  • The Anonymous Marie de France (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bloch, R. Howard. Anonymous Marie de France.
    • Marie, de France, 12th cent. -- Criticism and interpretation.
    West, Shearer.
  • Roles of Authority: Thespian Biography and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Britain (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wanko, Cheryl. Roles of authority: Thespian biography and celebrity in eighteenth-century Britain.
    • Theater -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
    Clarke, Norma, 1948-
  • A Biographer at Work: Samuel Johnson's Notes for the 'Life of Pope' (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kirkley, Harriet, 1943- Biographer at work: Samuel Johnson's notes for the 'Life of Pope'.
    • Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. Life of Pope.
    Green-Lewis, Jennifer.
  • From Life: The Story of Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Olsen, Victoria. From life: the story of Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian photography.
    • Cameron, Julia Margaret Pattle, 1815-1879.
    Logan, Lisa M. (Lisa Marie), 1962-
  • The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing: Annie Ray's Diary (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sinor, Jennifer, 1969- Extraordinary work of ordinary writing: Annie Ray's diary.
    • Autobiography -- Authorship.
    Dresner, Jonathan.
  • No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawai'i during World War II (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Odo, Franklin. No sword to bury: Japanese Americans in Hawai'i during World War II.
    • Japanese Americans -- Hawaii.
    Allen, Barry, 1957-
  • Extreme Virtue: Truth and Leadership in Five Great American Lives (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sartwell, Crispin, 1958- Extreme virtue: truth and leadership in five great American lives.
    • Virtues -- Case studies.
    Moss, Pamela J. (Pamela Jane)
  • Geographical Voices: Fourteen Autobiographical Essays (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gould, Peter, 1932-, ed. Geographical voices: fourteen autobiographical essays.
    • Pitts, Forrest Ralph, 1924-, ed.
    • Geographers -- Biography.
    McVicker, Jeanette.
  • The Life Writing of Otherness: Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston, and Winterson (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rusk, Lauren, 1948- Life writing of otherness: Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston, and Winterson.
    • English prose literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Tidd, Ursula.
  • Zarathustra's Sisters: Women's Autobiography and the Shaping of Cultural History (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ingram, Susan. Zarathustra's sisters: women's autobiography and the shaping of cultural history.
    • Autobiography -- Women authors.
    Schaefer, Claudia, 1949-
  • They Dream Not of Angels but of Men: Homoeroticism, Gender, and Race in Latin American Autobiography (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ellis, Robert Richmond. They dream not of angels but of men: homoeroticism, gender, and race in Latin American autobiography.
    • Spanish American prose literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
    Rice, Alison, 1973-
  • Poétique: revue de théorie et d'analyse littéraires (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Michel, Charles, ed. Poétique: revue de théorie et d'analyse littéraires.
    • Lejeune, Philippe, 1938- Rédaction finale de W ou le souvenir d’enfance.
    Garneau, Marie-Christine.
  • Un Journal à soi: Histoire d'une pratique (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lejeune, Philippe, 1938- Journal à soi: histoire d'une pratique.
    • Bogaert, Catherine.
    • Diaries -- History and criticism.
    Doerr, Karin, 1951-
  • Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Baer, Elizabeth Roberts, ed. Experience and expression: women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust.
    • Goldenberg, Myrna, ed.
    • Jewish women in the Holocaust.
    Geller, Jay.
  • Committed to Memory: Cultural Mediations of the Holocaust (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stier, Oren Baruch, 1966- Committed to memory: cultural mediations of the Holocaust.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.
    Baer, Elizabeth Roberts.
  • Image and Remembrance: Representation and the Holocaust (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hornstein, Shelley, ed. Image and remembrance: representation and the Holocaust.
    • Jacobowitz, Florence, 1957-, ed.
    • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art.
    Rothberg, Michael.
  • Poetry After Auschwitz: Remembering What One Never Knew (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gubar, Susan, 1944- Poetry after Auschwitz: remembering what one never knew.
    • American poetry -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
    Schaffer, Kay, 1945-
  • Women Writing Africa. Vol. 1: The Southern Region (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Daymond, M. J. (Margaret J.), ed. Women writing Africa: the southern region.
    • Southern African literature (English) -- Women authors.
    Lal, Vinay.
  • Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home, and History in Late Colonial India (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Burton, Antoinette M., 1961- Dwelling in the archive: women writing house, home, and history in late colonial India.
    • Indic prose literature (English) -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
    Stanley, Susie Cunningham, 1948-
  • Reply to a review of Holy Boldness: Women Preachers' Autobiographies and the Sanctified Self (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stanley, Susie Cunningham, 1948- Holy boldness: women preachers' autobiographies and the sanctified self.
    • Holiness churches -- Clergy -- Biography.
    Domina, Lynn.
  • Response by Lynn Domina
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stanley, Susie Cunningham, 1948- Holy boldness: women preachers' autobiographies and the sanctified self.
    • Holiness churches -- Clergy -- Biography.

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