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a/b : Auto/Biography Studies : Journal of The Autobiography Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Anales Galdosianos     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Biography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Goethe Yearbook     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Hemingway Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Henry James Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
History of Neuroscience in Autobiography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Ibsen Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Žižek Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
James Joyce Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Medical Biography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Niels Bohr Collected Works     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
The Hopkins Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Tolkien Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
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ISSN (Print) 0162-4962 - ISSN (Online) 1529-1456
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  • Editors' Notes
    • Abstract: I began writing this note introducing the fourth installment of Biography's International Year in Review on the first day of June 2020, which meant that I couldn't help reflecting on this year's collection of essays across a horizon defined by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25. These uprisings have inspired people in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and other cities around the world to take to the streets, despite stay-at-home orders and curfews, to express their outrage at systemic injustice in the US and in their own countries. In many places, the two phenomena are linked: the disproprotionate impact of the ... Read More
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  • Life Writing When the World is Burning: The Year in Australia
    • Abstract: It is no surprise that in Australia this year a great deal of life writing has continued to emerge in conjunction with pressing social and political issues. The ongoing national crises of refugee and asylum seeker policy, gendered abuse, and racial discrimination continue to surface in both political and literary arenas, while unprecedented bushfires have decimated the country, bringing climate change back onto the public agenda with new fury. The right of individuals to live with dignity, in safety, and free from fear—and the ongoing challenges to these rights suffered in public and domestic domains—is a connecting thread across the year's life writing and a theme the genre is uniquely equipped to amplify.In ... Read More
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  • Books on Women, the Chancellor, and a Nobel Laureate: The Year in Austria
    • Abstract: In 2018 Austria celebrated the centennial of the end of an era: the downfall of the Habsburg Monarchy at the end of the First World War in 1918—and with it the end of Viennese Modernism. In the same year, four of the epoch's protagonists died: Otto Wagner, Kolo Moser, Gustav Klimt, and Egon Schiele, all of whom have had a lasting impact on the architecture and art of Vienna. In keeping with the marketing logic of biographies, this jubilee year not only brought numerous biographically orientated exhibitions that ran under a common motto: "beauty and abyss." The year also generated many new biographies of the stars of Modernism, including Gregor Mayer's Ich Ewiges Kind: Das Leben des Egon Schiele, Renata ... Read More
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  • Eakin and Santiago—Contributions to Life Writing Scholarship: The
           Year in Brazil
    • Abstract: During the last year in Brazil, freedom of expression, education, academic research, and artistic manifestations have been under attack by the current populist rightwing government. Choosing a relevant topic for this review proved to be an arduous task. With drastic cuts of funding for arts and research, the year went by with few notable works in life writing and with little hope for the future. However, a magical chance alignment contributed to the fortunes of auto/biographical studies in Brazil: the memoirs of the "grand dame" of Brazilian theater, cinema, and performing arts, the actress Fernanda Montenegro, emerged alongside the works of two leading exponents of literary studies. The writer, literary critic ... Read More
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  • Fictions, Fantasies, and Thought Experiments: The Year in Canada
    • Abstract: Some of the most interesting and celebrated lifewriting books this year have defied categorization. Through formal experimentation, metanarrative, the signaling of fictionality in memoir and of veracity in fiction, they prompt audiences to consider the multiple ways a life can be shared. Genre-disrupting texts are, of course, not new in auto/biography, and over the years have been especially common in Canada. In the 1990 Literary History of Canada, Shirley Neuman recognized that "the Canadian life-writing which is most sophisticated and thoughtful about problems of inscribing the self in literature … crosses and re-crosses the border between auto/biography and fiction in order to question static and holistic ... Read More
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  • Writing Cultural Celebrities: The Year in China
    • Abstract: Biographies of cultural celebrities are well received by readers in contemporary China. Books about outstanding people in cultural areas such as art, calligraphy, drama, literature, and philosophy appear frequently on bestseller lists, and in 2019, what drew the most attention were biographies of the painter Zhang Daqian, the dramatist Xia Yan, the publisher Wang Yunwu, and the actor Yu Shizhi.Over the past seventy years in contemporary China, biographies of cultural figures have been produced in various forms and include many classic works. Major publishing houses often launch biographies of cultural figures in succession. Shanghai Joint Publishing House has published several significant biographies in the past ... Read More
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  • El caminante Alfredo Molano: El año en Colombia
    • Abstract: The Traveler Alfredo Molano: The Year in ColombiaThis is the portrait of a traveler who journeyed through forests and mountains, wide rivers, and plains to create a saga of the tribulations of colonized peasants threatened with displacement and violence. This is the portrait of a sociologist with an inimitable style of writing life stories that owes as much to the social sciences as it does to literature. This is the portrait of an intellectual who was the victim of censorship and abuses of power that sent him into exile. This is the portrait of the life of a defender of peace and human rights in Colombia, a country that resists abandoning its endless war.Sobre la tapa del severo ataúd negro relucía un par de tenis ... Read More
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  • A Critical Biography of Former Prime Minister Miguel Pourier: The Year in
    • Abstract: The historian Alejandro Paula asserts that on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao people who have played an important role in society do not often write about their lives and memories to leave a legacy (Da Costa Gomez-Mattheeuws and de Lannoy-Berg 126). In general, political leaders are more represented among the biographical publications of Curaçao, according to Peter Jordens's study titled Outo/biografia kurasoleño: un bista general di 1921–2018. Besides works about politicians written by individual authors, biographical publications have also appeared in the form of liber amicorum, in which several authors write articles or commentary about the person in question (Jordens 14). The biography of the political ... Read More
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  • Changing Social Conditions—Changing Auto/Biography: The Year in
    • Abstract: The kind invitation to write an essay on recent life writing in Denmark gave rise to two lines of reflection: first, the question of biographies as a genre, and second, what would be significant in a specifically Danish context. Working academically with auto/biographical texts as well as teaching students the use of narrative material, I have witnessed a change in the genre over the years. Previously, both comprehensive biographies and more partial accounts of peoples' lives customarily aimed at understanding issues of a more general kind: for example, the development of a profession (Bertaux and Bertaux-Wiame), or the consequences of increasing state intervention in society's institutions (Goodson and ... Read More
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  • Life Writing in Relational Modes: The Year in Estonia
    • Abstract: A glance at some of the canonical works of life writing in Estonia, such as August Kitzberg's Ühe vana "tuuletallaja" noorpõlve mälestused (1924) or Jaan Kross's two-volume Kallid kaasteelised (2000, 2008), reveals the prominence of "a relational model of identity, developed collaboratively with others" (Eakin, How Our Lives 57).1 What makes relationality a worthwhile focus for our review of Estonian life writing of the last two years are its varied manifestations in texts that engage with different generic conventions and cut across different strata of (literary) culture, from award-winning authors to amateur biographers, and from leading publishing houses to scholarly presses and grassroots publishing ... Read More
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  • Life Writing Genres on the Move: The Year in Finland
    • Abstract: In the years since I began writing these reviews, Finnish life writing has flourished, and it is now moving into a range of hybrid genres. Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, correspondences, biofiction, and autofiction are being published by all the major publishing houses, and in growing numbers.In autumn 2019 three journalists asked me why biographies are so popular at the moment. Although the development has been quite visible for many years, there is something new in the air now. Finland seems to follow international trends in life writing that gained momentum during the 2010s following, for example, the success and visibility of Norwegian Karl Ove Knausgaard's autobiographical book series My Struggle. ... Read More
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  • "The Absolute Genre": The Year in France
    • Abstract: The field of biography in France elicits a notable degree of reflection on genre, which is expressed either implicitly, by the prolixity and diversity of sometimes experimental productions, or explicitly in at least two books published in 2019 with very different, if not radically opposite, approaches to the question: Pascal Quignard's La vie n'est pas une biographie and Dominique Bona's Mes vies secrètes. Quignard's argument against "biographical narration" is that "On ne saurait faire un tissu si continu de ses désirs, ni des actions où ils se projettent ou qu'ils inventent, qu'il puisse passer pour vraisemblable" [One cannot make of one's desires, or of the actions into which they project themselves or which ... Read More
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  • De/Constructing Friedrich Hölderlin: The Year in Germany
    • Abstract: Der große Unbekannte, the big unknown in German literature, is how Rüdiger Safranski introduces Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843) in his new book on the contemporary of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the protégé of Friedrich Schiller, and the schoolmate of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. On the occasion of Hölderlin's 250th birthday, the German publishing house Hanser has put out two books on the poet's life and his legacy that couldn't be more different from each other. Yet at the same time, they both revolve around the Geheimnis, the mystery, that surrounds Hölderlin's literary work as well as his tragic fate. While Safranski's interest in that respect is mainly biographical and thus he discusses the poet's decline ... Read More
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  • Disappearing Worlds in Life Writing: The Year in Iceland
    • Abstract: The year 2018 saw the publication of a variety of auto/biographical works in Iceland, with a broad range of thematic and stylistic approaches. The works I have chosen to focus on here caught the attention of critics and readers alike in very different ways. The works include a delving into a family's difficult past, reflections on people on the margins of society, and musings on the death of the book. What they have in common is that they all focus on a group rather than an individual—a family, a group of artists, a social group—and in one way or another they all examine a lost or disappearing world. This, one could argue, is one of the main themes of life writing in general, but here the authors all convey a ... Read More
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  • Bollywood Stars and Cancer Memoirs: The Year in India
    • Abstract: Two cancer memoirs from Bollywood heroines were published in 2019: Manisha Koirala's Healed: How Cancer Gave Me A New Life and Lisa Ray's Close to the Bone. Koirala's text begins with her diagnosis, and concludes with her healing and subsequent attempts to establish a new lifestyle. Ray's text arrives at "cancer time"—Nancy Miller's term, defined as the time spent in "diagnosis, staging, prognosis, protocol," where the "only future fixed chronology is that of treatment sessions" (217)—almost two-thirds into the narrative, with the bulk of her book focused on her childhood and career. Ray's work lists "with Neelam Kumar" under the authorname, though the extent of authorial collaboration and contribution is ... Read More
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  • Scar Issues: The Year in Ireland
    • Abstract: The recent centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising returned to public consciousness the embodied pain of the insurgents who spearheaded this pivotal episode in the history of the modern Irish nation. A centerpiece of the national program of commemorative events was the "Proclaiming a Republic" exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, which opened in March 2016. Among the most affective objects on display was the bloodstained vest of the radical socialist organizer James Connolly, which was exhibited publicly for the first time. Connolly, the fifteenth and last of the Rising's leaders to be executed in May 1916, was "the most spectacularly martyred" (Backus 68) of the group, the severity of his injuries ... Read More
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  • Villains Between History and Literature: The Year in Italy
    • Abstract: Two villains, a dictator and a book thief, made their way into popular biographical books published in Italy this past year. They drag along with them a third "villain," the author who dares to cross boundaries between narrative fields: a novelist who writes a history book, and a biographer who leans toward fiction. They represent three very different ways of playing with the fine line between ethics and immorality, legitimacy and illegitimacy, reality and imagination. This dangerous game proves to be a raw topic in Italy, and it is the core of this review essay.1The dictator is Benito Mussolini, the protagonist of the biographical novel, M: Il figlio del secolo (2018) by Antonio Scurati. It won the prestigious ... Read More
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  • Retelling the History of the Sengoku Period and the Era Name System: The
           Year in Japan
    • Abstract: The past two years have seen historical events at an almost unprecedented level of significance for Japan. First, the year 2018 was the 150th anniversary of Japan's Meiji Restoration, which is widely understood to be the most dramatic revolution in the whole of Japanese history. It restored practical imperial rule to the Empire of Japan in 1868 under the Emperor Meiji and was the starting point of Japan's modernization. Second, the Emperor Akihito abdicated at the end of April 2019, and his son, the Crown Prince Naruhito, ascended to the throne. With this change, the thirty-one-year-old Heisei era ended, and the new Reiwa era in Japanese history began. These events have inspired public interest in the history of ... Read More
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  • Embodied Subjects of Victimization: The Year in Korea
    • Abstract: On December 5, 2014, right before takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, Korean Air Flight 86 suddenly taxied back to its gate. Leaving chief crewmember Pak Ch'ang-jin1 behind, it then departed for the Incheon International Airport in South Korea. Commonly referred to in Korea as the "ttangk'ong hoehang sakŏn" [nut-fly-back incident], it resulted from a temper tantrum by Cho Hyŏn-a (Heather Cho), vice president of Korean Air and the oldest daughter of its CEO, Cho Yang-ho. Because macadamia nuts were served to her in a bag instead of on a plate, she became furious with the flight attendant, accusing her of not following the in-flight service manual correctly. Though she soon learned ... Read More
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  • Voices Against Disavowal, Obscurantism, and Exclusion: The Year in Lebanon
    • Abstract: Life writing may have been acknowledged as an independent, if interdisciplinary, field in literary criticism in the North American and Anglophone European contexts in the 1990s, but in Lebanon the 1990s marked the end of a protracted civil war (1975–1990), and the country's staggering corpus of postwar literature, in Arabic, French, and English, has been mainly geared toward fiction, rather than nonfiction. Against the backdrop of considerable social and political censorship in Lebanon, real-life accounts have been engineered into fictional prose over the past three decades.Since fiction is not assessed by the same "metrics of authenticity" (Smith and Watson) as nonfiction, fictional texts have provided a heuristic ... Read More
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  • Mujeres comunistas: El año en México
    • Abstract: Communist Women: The Year in MexicoThis article reviews publications dealing with Communism in Mexico in the twentieth century. One of these is a biographical dictionary, La rojería, which includes 139 short biographies of mostly men (17 women), some well-known and some not. The other three are biographies of Communist women: Cuca García (1889–1973), Teresa Proenza (1908–1999), and Fernanda Campa (1940–2019). The books portray the lives and times of these women, dealing with political organizations and important historical events from the perspective of the women who experienced them. The article also draws some comparisons between the writing of these women's lives and the writing of men's biographies, pointing to ... Read More
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  • The Land of Letter-Lovers: The Year in the Netherlands
    • Abstract: In comparison with the US and the UK, the term "life writing" came to the Netherlands rather late. It wasn't until the first years of the twenty-first century that it was introduced to Dutch readers in publications like Marijke Huisman's 2008 book Publieke levens: Autobiografieën op de Nederlandse boekenmarkt 1850–1918 and in Dutch journals like Biografie Bulletin and De Gids. Yet the term is still being contested by Dutch biography scholars Hans Renders and Binne de Haan of the University of Groningen. Renders sees "life writers" as idealistic therapists who want to offer "retrospective justice" by sustaining "overwhelming attention for the deprived in history" ("Biography in Academia" 172) like "women, coloured ... Read More
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  • Mass-Listening and the Diaspora: The Year in Puerto Rico
    • Abstract: Since the hurricane, I've been able to see that there is an incredible emotional need. It's up to us as individuals to try to fulfill this emotional need by listening.We in Puerto Rico are now over two years from the successive landfalls of Hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017, and we still linger in a fraught aftermath. Looking beyond the sites photographed for glossy tourism campaigns reveals a different reality. Hospitals and schools remain closed, electricity and other utility services are precarious, and lasting instability combined with a dire lack of social services leave many citizens languishing in medical and mental health crises. The relief and rebuilding funds voted into existence by the United ... Read More
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  • Pain, Resilience, and the Agency Memoir: The Year in South Africa
    • Abstract: A notable trend in the life narratives in South Africa this year is the individual authors' determination to create a new normal when their will to live seems to be shattered. The three texts of witness—Vanessa Govender's Beaten but not Broken, Helena Kriel's The Year of Facing Fire, and Ilana Gerschlowitz's Saving My Sons—exemplify a range of "survival tools" on how to survive the harsh realities that life sometimes throws on our path. The texts inscribe pain, anxiety, loneliness, coping with illness, and near-death experiences. More crucially, they are testimonies of survival and resilience, of images and scattered memories, and of things that become normalized in our societies when they shouldn't be.A thread ... Read More
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  • Giving Voice to Silenced Others: The Year in Spain
    • Abstract: A notable trend this year in Spanish life writing has been to give voice to those silenced. Following in the footsteps of a long-standing tradition of testimonial life writing worldwide, multiple lifewriting works in Spain have been turning to issues of "voice" and "silence." It is little surprise that some of these stories feature women after the global impact of the #MeToo movement. However, the trends I identified in my contribution to this feature last year (Martínez García) have persisted. Conflict continues to permeate life narratives in Spain, and as will be seen in what follows, both politics and journalism are among the most prevalent fields of study from which life writing comes.One of the key pieces of ... Read More
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  • Biography of a Tolerant Nation: The Year in the United Arab Emirates
    • Abstract: Officially designated the "Year of Tolerance" by the local government, 2019 has been defined by the largesse of institutionally supported and funded initiatives in the United Arab Emirates aimed at promoting appreciation of intercultural diversity and awareness across a wide spectrum of the social scene. The country consists of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeirah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaiwan, which were unified on December 2, 1971. With a local population of Emiratis, or Nationals of roughly 1 million, the UAE has been anything but lacking diversity, especially since the 1950s after the momentous discovery of vast oil reserves in the Arab Gulf and the explosive growth of the population. ... Read More
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  • "The strange and often alien world of the past": The Year in the United
    • Abstract: What relationship should a biographer have to their subject's politics' Which produces most insight: objective distance or sympathetic identification' Richard J. Evans's Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History (2019) describes its subject adopting—or being adopted by—Communism as a Jewish teenager in Berlin 1931 and 1932, and persisting with it until his death in 2012. He stayed when many left the party after the crushing of the Hungarian uprising and the revelation of the extent of Stalin's crimes in 1956; he even remained a Communist after the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the 1980s. In Evans's telling, the movement filled the gap left by early orphanhood and then, though he did not consider himself a refugee ... Read More
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  • More Than Angry: The Year in the United States
    • Abstract: Millions of women, trans people, men, and youth poured into the streets to protest Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017. Estimates place participation in the Women's March at five million worldwide, including the largest single day protest in Washington, DC, with a crowd of over 470,000 (Waddell). In a social media follow-up in October 2017 to the Women's March, millions broke the silence about sexual abuse by sharing the hashtag #MeToo. Many participants describe rage as the connective tissue joining global street protest to social media activism. In both, lifetimes of grief and trauma were given public and angry voice. It is no surprise, of course, that women are angry. What is surprising is that so many ... Read More
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