Aim & Scope: Life Writing
is one of the leading journals in the field of biography and autobiography.It has the unique and unusual policy of carrying both scholarly articles and critically informed personal narrative. The journal has three sections: Academic Articles, Reflections and Reviews. Reflections essays differ from academic articles in that we do not expect a high level of analysis and referencing. We do, however, expect that the reflexive "I" will filter the subject matter, and that on the continuum from discursive/analytical to creative, these essays will fall somewhere in the middle. In other words, we do not publish purely creative essays, ficto-criticism, or memoirs; we include essays which fall into the genre of autoethnography.Our editorial board comprises leaders in the field of life writing practice, such as Paul John Eakin, Sidonie Smith, Lila Abu-Lughod and Ruth Behar.
The journal aims to publish work from many disciplines as well as work that is interdisciplinary. Historically, life writing has been the preserve of literary studies.Now, however, many other perspectives use biography and autobiography as analytical tools, hence object biography, autoethnography, autofiction, and many other inter-generic codes are thriving. Life Writing provides expert and sympathetic reviewing of such interdisciplinary work.
Acclaim for Life Writing: "I want to sing the praises of the editors of the journal. Their interventions and communications made the paper and the revising of it a pleasurable process–or at least as pleasurable as revising can be."
"Good editing is a crucial part of our scholarly work. When it is done well, you feel that you are in not just capable but supportive hands. I feel that the editors care about my work–and about me. That’s respectful and rewarding in every possible way. Thank you CH and MP at Life Writing."
Peer Review Policy All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and blind refereeing by two anonymous referees.
Maureen Perkins - Macquarie University, Sydney
Rachel Robertson - Curtin University, Australia
Alexis Harley - La Trobe University, Australia
Amy-Katerini Prodromou - University of Cyprus
Lis Hanscombe - Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Lila Abu-Lughod - Columbia University, U.S.A.
Ruth Behar - University of Michigan, U.S.A.
Mary Besemeres - Australian National University, Australia
Jerome Bruner - New York University, U.S.A.
G. Thomas Couser - Hofstra University, U.S.A.
Kate Douglas - Flinders University, Australia
Paul John Eakin - Indiana University, U.S.A.
Susanna Egan - University of British Columbia, Canada
Richard Freadman - La Trobe University, Australia
Shirley Geok-Lin Lim - UC Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Eva Hoffman - Hunter College, U.S.A.
Philip Holden - National University of Singapore
Joy Hooton - Formerly University of New South Wales, ADFA
Margaretta Jolly - University of Sussex, UK
David McCooey - Deakin University, Australia
Aneta Pavlenko - Temple University, U.S.A.
Peter Read - University of Sydney, Australia
Sidonie Smith - University of Michigan, U.S.A.