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    The Spring 2009 issue of _Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly is now
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    Biography 32.2 (Summer 2009)


    Hilary Edwards

    Protecting Life from Language: John Ruskin’s Museum as Autobiography 297

    This essay argues that Ruskin’s Museum constitutes his first sustained
    attempt to represent his life story, and as such is a crucial precursor to
    his autobiography, Praeterita. The Museum project fails, but the failure is
    redemptive: it forces Ruskin to come to terms with the necessity of
    language for the presentation of memory, and in so doing helps make
    Praeterita possible.

    Floriane Reviron-Piégay

    Translating Generic Liberties: Orlando on Page and Screen 316

    In the 1920s, modernist art and philosophy shared cinema’s ambitious
    project to refashion representations of subjectivity and time. Virginia
    Woolf was able to foresee that, in terms of representation, the cinema
    offered advantages literature did not have. By exploring the link between
    the advent of the cinema and what Woolf called “The New Biography,” this
    article explores the convergence between film theory, of adaptation in
    particular, and the theory of the New Biography as Woolf conceived it.
    Because Orlando: A Biography can be considered a mise en abîme of this
    theory, and because it lies at the crossroads between Woolf’s interest in
    the new visual medium and her search for a new mode of expression, its
    cinematic adaptation by Sally Potter in 1992 provides a particularly
    revealing insight into the problems of translation from one medium to
    another. The cinematic language of Orlando and its modernism led Potter to
    invent a new mode of adaptation as translation that is perhaps as
    challenging and innovative as Woolf’s original.

    Sketches from Life

    Timothy Dow Adams

    Confessions of an Autobiography Scholar; or, You Can’t Handle the
    Truthiness 340

    This piece is an autobiographical summary of my relationship to truth and
    genre over a long career as a scholar of life writing. In what is meant to
    be humorous, I lament the entanglements of my scholarly and personal life
    and my ever shifting views on teaching and writing in contrast to living a
    life in autobiography.


    Living Autobiographically: How We Create Identity in Narrative, by Paul
    John Eakin 344

    Reviewed by David McCooey

    The Self in Moral Space: Life Narrative and the Good, by David Parker 348

    Reviewed by Justine McGill

    Autobiography and Decolonization: Modernity, Masculinity, and the
    Nation-State, by Philip Holden 350

    Reviewed by Ousmane Kane

    Iconos femeninos latinos e hispanoamericanos, edited by María Claudia André

    Reviewed by Lucía Aranda

    Spaces of Belonging: Home, Culture and Identity in 20th Century French
    Autobiography, by Elizabeth H. Jones 355

    Reviewed by Ralph Sarkonak

    Translating Lives: Living with Two Languages and Cultures, edited by Mary
    Besemeres and Anna Wierzbicka 357

    Reviewed by Manuela Costantino

    Autoethnography as Method, by Heewon Chang 360

    Reviewed by Carolyn Ellis

    Reconciliation Discourse: The Case of the Truth and Reconciliation
    Commission, by Annelies Verdoolaege 363

    Reviewed by Emily B. Rodio

    Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History, by Milton C. Sernett 366

    Reviewed by DoVeanna S. Fulton Minor

    Mediating American Autobiography: Photography in Emerson, Thoreau,
    Douglass, and Whitman, by Sean Ross Meehan 369

    Reviewed by Marta L. Werner

    Daybooks of Discovery: Nature Diaries in Britain, 1770?1870, by Mary Ellen
    Bellanca 374

    Reviewed by Laura Dassow Walls

    Life Writing in Reformation Europe: Lives of Reformers by Friends,
    Disciples and Foes, by Irena Backus 380

    Reviewed by Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Reviewed Elsewhere 383

    Excerpts from recent reviews of biographies, autobiographies, and other
    works of interest

    Contributors 463

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