Biography

Biography
Volume 29, Number 2, Spring 2006

CONTENTS

Editor's Note

Articles

    Hsu, Hsuan L.
  • Personality, Race, and Geopolitics in Joseph Heco's Narrative of a Japanese
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    Subject Headings:
    • Heco, Joseph, 1837-1897. Narrative of a Japanese.
    Abstract:
      Joseph Heco, a Japanese castaway who spent the 1850s working and studying in the US, played a significant role as translator, entrepreneur, and advisor after returning to Japan. This article examines the circum-Pacific contexts and stylistic idiosyncrasies of Heco's autobiographical Narrative of a Japanese, arguing that its formal flaws reflect disjunctions between the conventions of equality that underwrite Western autobiography and the uneven conditions governing Japan's forced modernization.
    Scott, Catherine.
  • Time Out of Joint: The Narcotic Effect of Prolepsis in Christopher Reeve's Still Me
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    Subject Headings:
    • Reeve, Christopher, 1952-2004. Still me.
    • Paralytics -- Psychology.
    Abstract:
      In this article I examine Christopher Reeve's memoir Still Me, in which Reeve explores the painful and traumatic shift from his previous able-body to his present disabled body. I explore not only the way in which Reeve struggles with his public image as Superman, but also the way in which Reeve's narrative continually fast forwards through episodes of pain and suffering, in order to keep the strong and powerful image of the Super-Crip intact.
    Walter, James, 1949-
  • The Utility of Short Lives
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    Subject Headings:
    • Biography.
    Abstract:
      "Short lives" were the earliest manifestations of biography. Their memorializing intent remains alive (in obituaries and biographical dictionaries). That said, these essays were tendentious—making arguments, or exemplifying moral conduct—rather than simply celebrating individuals. Given that biography, since the romantic age, has tended to celebrate individuals, what can we learn by revisiting more tendentious "brief lives"? This article suggests that some research agendas and some disciplinary imperatives are conducive to short lives. Noting the ways in which tendentious essays are deployed in current life writing, this article identifies generic differences between full-scale biography and (contemporary) short lives to argue that the potential of the latter should be more fully appreciated.

Reviews

    Perkins, Maureen.
  • Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Boynton, Victoria, ed. Encyclopedia of women's autobiography.
    • Malin, Jo, 1942-, ed.
    • Women's studies -- Biographical methods -- Encyclopedias.
    North, Julian.
  • Autobiographical Writing and British Literature, 1783-1834 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Treadwell, James, 1968- Autobiographical writing and British literature, 1783-1834.
    • English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
    Gibson, Mary Ellis, 1952-
  • How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Booth, Alison. How to make it as a woman: collective biographical history from Victoria to the present.
    • Women -- Biography -- History and criticism.
    Pottier, Celeste.
  • Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hughes, Linda K. Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, woman of letters.
    • Watson, Rosamund Marriott, 1863-1911.
    Weissberger, Barbara F.
  • The Lives of Women: A New History of Inquisitorial Spain (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Vollendorf, Lisa. Lives of women: a new history of Inquisitional Spain.
    • Women -- Spain -- History.
    Gallego, Carlos, 1951-
  • I am Aztlán: The Personal Essay in Chicano Studies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Noriega, Chon A., 1961-, ed. I am Aztlán: the personal essay in Chicano studies.
    • Belcher, Wendy Laura, ed.
    • Mexican Americans -- Ethnic identity.
    Hanania, Cécile.
  • Soi-disant: Life Writing in French (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • De Nooy, Juliana, ed. Soi-disant: life-writing in French.
    • Hardwick, Joe, 1967-, ed.
    • Hanna, Barbara E., 1964-, ed.
    • French literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
    Wilson, Sonia.
  • Le Journal intime. Genre littéraire et écriture ordinaire (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Simonet-Tenant, Françoise. Journal intime: Genre littéraire et écriture ordinaire.
    • Diaries.
    Raditlhalo, Sam.
  • The Closest of Strangers: South African Women's Life Writing (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Coullie, Judith Lütge, ed. Closest of strangers: South African women's life writing.
    • South African literature (English) -- Women authors.
    Codell, Julie F.
  • Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography, and Life History (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Arnold, David, 1946-, ed. Telling lives in India: biography, autobiography, and life history.
    • Blackburn, Stuart H., ed.
    • India -- Biography -- Congresses.
    O'Reilly, Nathanael.
  • City Bushman: Henry Lawson and the Australian Imagination (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lee, Christopher, 1962- City bushman: Henry Lawson and the Australian imagination.
    • Lawson, Henry, 1867-1922.
    Whitlock, Gillian, 1953-
  • Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lewis, Reina, 1963- Rethinking orientalism: women, travel, and the Ottoman harem.
    • Orientalism.

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