Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Winter 2007 issue of Biography will be a special issue on the relation between science fiction and the theory and practice of life writing. Guest editor John Rieder invites essays on the ways science fiction explores the recording of lives, including its estrangement and problematization of the construction of identities, issues of memory and identity, the integrity or fragmentation of personal identity, the social construction of personhood, and related topics; or papers that explore the auto/biographical elements of science fiction, such as the relation of science fiction to travel writing, captivity narratives, autobiographical ethnographic accounts, or case histories.
These lists of topics are meant to be suggestive, not exclusive. In general the special issue will seek to ask how comparison between biography and science fiction can provoke useful theoretical and critical questions about both genres, and any work that undertakes this task is welcome for consideration.
Inquiries and submissions may be sent by email to, or to the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1800 East-West Road, #325, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822 USA. Deadline for receipt of submissions: August 15, 2006.

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