Biography, vol. 24, no. 3 (2001)

Editor’s Note, p. iv


Alan Rosen

Autobiography from the Other Side: The Reading of Nazi Memoirs and Confessional Ambiguity, p. 553

While most autobiographers can expect sympathetic readings of their work, autobiography “from the other side” deals with lives, and thus narratives, characterized by a profound indecency. This essay explores author and reader strategies found in Nazi memoirs, using Rudolf Hoess’s “My Soul” as a test case. By examining the work’s confessional transparency, the memoir’s complex nature and questionable power are revealed, as the confession that we read is undermined by the confessions witnessed within the text.

Kimberly Nance

Disarming Testimony: Speakers’ Resistance to Readers’ Defenses in Latin American Testimonio, p. 570

Testimonio is part of an explicitly social and political project, to which both external censorship and internalized psychosocial constraints on the narration of trauma are identified obstacles. However, the social demands that testimonio places on its addressees also pose threats to readers, collaborating writers, and critics, who generate their own forms of cognitive and psychological protection.


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Providence Tales and the Birth of American Literature by James D. Hartman, p. 659
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Reviewed by Charles Shively

Slippery Characters: Ethnic Impersonators and American Identities, by Laura Browder, p. 665
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Voices of the Fugitives: Runaway Slave Stories and Their Fictions of Self-Creation, by Sterling Lecater Bland, Jr., p. 669
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