Biography, vol. 26, no. 3 (2003)

Biography 26.3 cover imageEditor’s Note, p. iv


Jennifer Sinor
Inscribing Ordinary Trauma in the Diary of a Military Child, p. 405

Using her own diary as a case study, the author examines how the life writing of a military child inscribes ordinary trauma, defining ordinary trauma as a response to extraordinary events masked as ordinary. For the military child, the possibility of war is made ordinary and rendered such in her writing.

Thengani H. Ngwenya
“Making History’s Silences Speak”: An Interview with N. C. Manganyi, p. 428

An interview with South African biographer, psychologist, and life writing theorist N. C. Manganyi, University of Pretoria, 5 March 2002.


Julia Watson
Ben Franklin, Protector of Americans Abroad, p. 438

Gillian Whitlock
Merry Christmas, Mary Prince, p. 440

Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Embodied Memory and Memoir, p. 442

Philippe Lejeune
Calicot, p. 444


Bianca Schwindt
Women Biography: Biographies and Portraits about, by, or for Women, p. 448
Report on an International Conference on women’s life writing held at the University of Bern, 6–9 November 2002.


The World of Obituaries: Gender across Cultures and over Time, by Mushira Eid, p. 453
Reviewed by Marilyn Booth

Repossessing the World: Reading Memoirs by Contemporary Women, by Helen M. Buss, p. 457
Reviewed by Kristi Siegel

Intimate Reading: The Contemporary Women’s Memoir, by Janet Mason Ellerby, p. 461
Reviewed by Gretchen Flesher Moon

Theodoret of Cyrrhus: The Bishop and the Holy Man, by Theresa Urbainczyk, p. 463
Reviewed by Richard Lim

Egodocuments and History: Autobiographical Writing in its Social Context since the Middle Ages, edited by Rudolf Dekker, p. 467
Reviewed by Jeanne Perreault

Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century, by Cynthia Hahn, p. 469
Reviewed by Leslie Ross

Newton: The Making of Genius, by Patricia Fara, p. 471
Reviewed by Michael Hunter

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Making of a Myth: A Study in Portraiture, 1720–1892, by Robin Nicholson, p. 474
Reviewed by Margaret Sankey

Cézanne: The Self-Portraits, by Steven Platzman, p. 475
Reviewed by Heather McPherson

The Romantic Subject in Autobiography: Rousseau and Goethe, by Eugene L. Stelzig, p. 479
Reviewed by Deirdre Vincent

Sober Men and True: Sailor Lives in the Royal Navy, 1900–1945, by Christopher McKee, p. 482
Reviewed by John Childs

Seeking a Country: Literary Autobiographies of Twentieth-Century Irishwomen, by Taura S. Napier, p. 483
Reviewed by Jacqueline Belanger

Memory Effects: The Holocaust and the Art of Secondary Witnessing, by Dora Apel, p. 487
Reviewed by Liliane Weissberg

Sifters: Native American Women’s Lives, edited by Theda Perdue, p. 490
Reviewed by Susan Sleeper-Smith

Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion, edited by Maria Carla Sanchez and Linda Schlossberg, p. 492
Reviewed by Juda Bennett

Passing for White:Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820–1920, by James M. O’Toole, p. 494
Reviewed by Susanna Ashton

History’s Memory: Writing America’s Past, 1880–1980, by Ellen Fitzpatrick, p. 498
Reviewed by David Waldstreicher

“A Truthful Impression of the Country”: British and American Travel Writing in China, 1880–1949, by Nicholas Clifford, p. 501
Reviewed by Susan Schoenbauer Thurin

African Words, African Voices: Critical Practices in Oral History, edited by Luise White, Stephan E. Miescher, and David William Cohen, p. 504
Reviewed by Richard Roberts

Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists, by Robert Desjarlais, p. 506
Reviewed by Gregory G. Maskarinec

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