In Memoriam: James Olney (1933-2015)
In 1985, James Olney convened a conference in auto/biography studies at Louisiana State University, the “International Symposium on Autobiography and Autobiography Studies.” This meeting turned out to be a momentous occasion for the field of life narrative and for our journal. Not only was a seed sown in several likeminded colleagues who would build this robust field into the remarkable site of scholarly activity that it is today, but Barbara Sher, Rebecca Hogan, and Timothy Dow Adams met there and joined together to publish a small newsletter that grew into the international journal, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. As we prepare to celebrate the publication of our thirtieth issue, we pause to remember James Olney and the significant contributions he has made to our field, our work, our journal, and our lives.
Our thoughts are with his family, Ricia and Emily
In Memory of Dr. Timothy Adams (1943-2014)
As everyone in the field of life writing studies must be, we at a/b are feeling deeply the loss of Tim Adams. He was there at our beginning, one of our strongest supporters throughout, kind and generous, always there with help and advice and his wickedly amusing sense of humor. He nurtured us as scholars and editors of the journal he had done so much to launch and sustain. We cannot imagine what his family must be enduring, and we wish them peace.The Adams family has very generously requested that donations in Tim’s honor be made to a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. We are touched by their remembrance. All donations in his name will be placed in a special fund to support emerging auto/biography scholars, the details of which will be forthcoming. Contributions may be sent to a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, University of North Carolina, Department English, CB #3520, Chapel Hill, NC 27535-3520.


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a/b: Auto/Biography Studies is a journal of scholarship dedicated to expanding the discourse on life narrative in all its diverse forms. The journal publishes academic essays that build from a theoretical framework of autobiography studies as they explore life narratives and the relationship between life narrative and other disciplines.

a/b: Auto/Biography Studies is the journal of The Autobiography Society, published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with support from the University of West Georgia, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

a/b enjoys an “A” rating on both the European and Australian journal ranking systems. The journal was recently called “inclusive, adaptable, and fresh” in a review published in The London Times Literary Supplement. Click here to read the full review.

a/b is available by subscription and through the Project Muse academic database. The journal is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography.

a/b is also the proud sponsor of the annual gathering of the MLA Division on Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing. Please click here for more information on this event.

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