Office hours:By appointment. I'm on campus a lot.
Craig Howes been faculty member in the department since 1980, a Co-Editor of the journal Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly since 1994, and Director the Center for Biographical Research since 1997. He has served as General Editor of the Biography Monographs Series, in affiliation with University of Hawai'i Press, and as series scholar and co-producer for Biography Hawai‘i, a television documentary series. With Miriam Fuchs, he co-edited Teaching Life Writing Texts (MLA 2008), and since 1999, he has managed the International Auto/Biography Association list-serv. He was Vice President (1996-1997) and President (1998-1999) of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and was elected to a five year term on the MLA Executive Committee of the Division of Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing. The author of many essays and reviews in the fields of life writing, literary theory, and Nineteenth Century English and American Literature, his book Voices of the Vietnam POWs (Oxford 1993) was selected as a notable academic book by Choice magazine. In 2010, he co-edited with Jonathan K. Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio the collection The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future. A past President of the Hawai'i Literary Arts Council and a former board member of Kumu Kahua Theatre, he currently serves as President of Monkey Waterfall Dance Theatre Company and as a member of the board for the Hawaiian Historical Society.
PublicationsBooks The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future. Jon Osorio co-editor. A Biography Monograph. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i UP, 2010. In fifth printing. Honorable Mention. Excellence in Non-Fiction. Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards. Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, 2011; Best Book About Hawai‘i. Readers’ Choice. “The Best of Honolulu: Literary.” Honolulu Weekly, August 17, 2011; Selected as common book, Hawai‘i Pacific University, 2011 and 2012. * Teaching Life Writing Texts. Miriam Fuchs co-editor. Options for Teaching. New York: Modern Language Association, 2007. * Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to their Fight. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Named an Outstanding Academic Book in American History for 1995 by Choice Television Documentaries Series Scholar, Producer, and Executive Producer. Ka Hana Kapa. Dir. Joy Chong-Stannard. Script by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. 60 minutes. 2015. Series Scholar, Producer, and Executive Producer. Biography Hawai‘i: Joseph Nāwahī. Dir. Joy Chong-Stannard. Script by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. 60 minutes. 2009. Series Scholar, Producer, and Executive Producer. Biography Hawai‘i: Koji Ariyoshi. Dir. Joy Chong-Stannard. Script by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. 60 minutes. 2005. Series Scholar, Producer, and Executive Producer. Biography Hawai‘i: Ruth Ke‘elikōlani. Dir. Joy Chong-Stannard. Script by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. 30 minute English version; 30 minute Hawaiian version. 2004. Series Scholar, Producer, and Executive Producer. Biography Hawai‘i: Harriet Bouslog. Dir. Joy Chong-Stannard. Script by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. 60 minutes. 2003. Series Scholar, Producer, and Executive Producer. Biography Hawai‘i: Maiki Aiu Lake. Dir. Joy Chong-Stannard. Script by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. 60 minutes. 2002. Nominated for Northern California, Nevada, and Hawai‘i Regional Emmy Award, 2003. iii. Articles “Afterword.” The Ethics of Life Writing. Ed. Paul John Eakin. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2004. 244–264. “Asking Permission to Write: Human Subject Research.” Profession: 2011. Modern Language Association of America: 98–106. “Doing Biography: Mediating between Life Writing Studies and Lives.” Auto/Biography and Mediation. Ed. Alfred Hornung. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2010: 3–14. “‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and Elegiac Romance.” Southern Literary Journal 19 (1986): 68–78. “Hawaii Through Western Eyes: Orientalism and Historical Fiction for Children.” The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature. 11 (1987): 68–87. A shorter version is reprinted in Literature and Hawaii´s Children: Imagination: A Bridge to Magic Realms in the Humanities. Eds. Steven Curry and Cristina Bacchilega. Honolulu: Literature and Hawaii´s Children, 1988: 19–31. “Martin Amis, Mimetic Contracts, and Life Writing Pacts: A Story about 9/11.” Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)biographical Studies. Maureen Perkins, ed. Honolulu: U of Hawai‘i P, 2012: 97–113. “New York, New York.” Review Essay of Cities on a Hill: A Journey through Contemporary American Cultures, by Frances FitzGerald. Brick: A Journal of Reviews 33 (1988): 37–45. Rpt. in slightly different form in Chaminade Literary Review 2:1 (Fall 1988): 117–137. “Pendennis and the Controversy on the ‘Dignity of Literature.’” Nineteenth Century Literature 41 (1986): 269–297. Rpt. in William Makepeace Thackeray. Harold Bloom, ed. New York: Chelsea, 1987: 233–253. “Poe, Burke, and ‘Usher’: The Sublime and Rising Woman.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. 31 (1985): 173–189. “Ranking for the Short Term, Ranking and the Long Haul.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 42:3 (2011): 346–350. “Rhetorics of Attack: Bakhtin and the Aesthetics of Satire.” Genre 19 (1986): 215–245. “Slow Lives: Micro-Traditions in American Biography and Autobiography.” In American Lives. Ed. Alfred Hornung. American Studies: A Monograph Series. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2013. 49-76. “Talk, Write, Talk—Bobby Garwood, MIAs, and Conspiracy.” Soldier Talk: The Vietnam War in Oral Narrative. Eds. Michal Zeitlin and Paul Budra. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004. 89¬–116. “Victorian Periodicals: Comic and Satiric.” Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals. London: Routledge, 2016. 318–327. “A Visit With G. Bernard Shaw.” Brick: A Literary Journal. 82 (Winter 2009): 147–153. Reprinted as “Leon Edel and George Bernard Shaw.” The New Brick Reader. Tara Quinn, ed. Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2013. 228–232. I was the interviewer and editor of Leon Edel’s remembrance. Reviews and Reference Works “Collective Biography.” Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Margaretta Jolly, ed. London: Chadwyck-Healy, 2001. “Frances Cowley Burnand.” Encyclopedia of British Humorists: Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese. 2 vols. Steven H. Gale, General Editor. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 906. New York: Garland, 1996: 168–172. “James Bond Stockdale.” Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment. Ed. Jonathan F. Vance. Boulder: ABC-CLIO, 2000. Reprint, Millerton, New York: Grey House Publishing, 2007. “Leon Edel.” Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Margaretta Jolly, ed. London: Chadwyck-Healy, 2001. “Mark Lemon.” Encyclopedia of British Humorists: Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese. 2 vols. Steven H. Gale, General Editor. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 906. New York: Garland, 1996: 650–656. “Operation Homecoming.” Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment. Ed. Jonathan F. Vance. Boulder: ABC-CLIO, 2000. Reprint, Millerton, New York: Grey House Publishing, 2007. “Punch.” The 1890s: An Encyclopedia of British Literature, Art, and Culture. Ed. G. A. Cevasco. New York: Garland, 1993. “Tom Hood.” Dictionary of National Biography: 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. “Tom Taylor.” Dictionary of National Biography: 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. “Victorian Periodicals—comic and satiric.” Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Press, 1988. “William Makepeace Thackeray.” British Children's Writers, 1800–1880. Ed. Meena Khorana. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol 163. Detroit and Washington: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1996. 297–306. Forthcoming "Life Writing and Biography: the theoretical echoboom." The Biographical Turn. Lives in History: A Biography Reader. Hans Renders, Binne de Haan, and Jonne Harmsma, eds. London: Routledge, 2016. "A Teaching Fail for Life Writing." Special Issue on Teaching Lives: Contemporaries of Life Narrative. Kate Douglas and Laurie McNeill eds. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 32.1 (2017). "Beyond autobiography." “What’s Next? The Futures of Auto/Biography Studies.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 32:2 (2017) "Pacifying Asia, Orienting the Pacific: What Work Can a Life Writing Region Do?" Special Issue on Locating Lives: Life Writing Asia Pacific. Kate Douglas and Kylie Cardell, eds. Life Writing. (2017) Fiction, Articles, and Reviews--Hawai‘i “Idiom.” Bamboo Ridge: The Hawaii Writers' Quarterly 19 (1983): 33–36. “Kira.” The Paper 2:3 (1983): 8–9. “Pareau.” The Paper: Light. 3:3 (1985): 24–28. “The Resurrection Man.” Passages to the Dream Shore: New Short Stories about Hawaii. Ed. Frank Stewart. Honolulu: U of Hawaii P, 1987: 50–61. Rpt. in The Best of Honolulu Fiction. Eric Chock and Darrell Lum, eds. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge Press, 1999: 107–118. “Homage to Helm and Mitchell.” Review. Literary Arts Hawaii 73 (June 1984): 14. Rpt. as “Ho`iho`i Hou: A Tribute to George Helm and Kimo Mitchell.” Hawaii Review 16 (Fall 1984), 109–112. “Introduction.” Hawai‘i Nei: Island Plays. By Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. Honolulu: U of Hawai‘i P, 2002. ix-xxviii. “MALAMA: Hawaiian Land and Water.” Review. Literary Arts Hawaii 80–81 (Spring/Summer 1986): 6–7. Rpt. Ka Huliau (Spring 1986): 10–11.
Areas of Interestbiography and life writing, 19th-century literature, literary theory, drama and performance, research methods, professional editing
AwardsUniversity: Peter V. Garrod Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, 2014; Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community, 2005; Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 1998; Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching 1986; College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Excellence in Teaching Award 1986. Community: Elliott P. Cades Award for Literature, 1994
EducationBA with Honors, Victoria College in the University of Toronto, 1977 PhD, Princeton University, 1980
Fall Semester 2018
- ENG-320: Intro to English Studies
- ENG-773: Seminar in Hawaiian Literature
Fall Semester 2016
- ENG-333: 19th-C Lit in English (not Am)
- ENG-491: Senior Honors Seminar: Theaters of Social Critique