Narrative and Genre
Mary Chamberlain, Paul Richard Thompson
Psychology Press, 1998 - History - 201 pages
Any life story, whether a written autobiography or an oral testimony, is shaped not only by the reworkings of experience through memory and re-evaluation, but also art. Any communication has to use shared conventions not only of language itself but also the more complex expectations of 'genre': of the forms expected within a given context and type of communication.
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INTRODUCTION Genre and Narrative in Life Stories
ORAL HISTORY AS GENRE
SILENCES The Case of a Psychiatric Hospital
A BRAZILIAN WORKERS AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN AN UNEXPECTED FORM Interweaving the Interview and the Novel
ANECDOTE AS NARRATIVE RESOURCE IN WORKINGCLASS LIFE STORIES Parody Dramatization and Sequence
MY LIFE AS CONSUMER Narratives from the World of Goods
DISTANT HOMES OUR GENRE Recognizing Chinese Lives as an Anthropologist
THE ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW IN A CROSSCULTURAL SETTING 9 An Analysis of its Linguistic Social and Ideological Structure
IN THE ARCHIVE IN THE FIELD What Kind of Document is an Oral History?
SHARING AND RESHAPING LIFE STORIES Problems and Potential in Archiving Research Narratives
A CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS