Narrative and Genre

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Mary Chamberlain, Paul Richard Thompson
Psychology Press, 1998 - History - 201 pages
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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.



This collection of essays by internationl academics draws on a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to examine how far the expectations and forms of genre shape different kinds of autobiography and influence what messages they can convey. After investigating the problem of genre definition, and tracing the evolution of genre as a concept, contributors explore such issues as:



* How far can we argue that what people narrate in their autobiographical stories is selected and shaped by the reportoire of genre available to them?
* To what extent is oral autobiography shaped by its social and cultural context?
* What is the relationship between autobiographical sources and the ethnographer?
Narrative and Genrepresents exciting new debates in an emerging field and will encourage international and interdisciplinary debate. Its authors and contributors are scholars from the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, literary analysis, psychoanalysis, social history, and sociology.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Genre and Narrative in Life Stories
1
ORAL HISTORY AS GENRE
23
SILENCES The Case of a Psychiatric Hospital
46
A BRAZILIAN WORKERS AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN AN UNEXPECTED FORM Interweaving the Interview and the Novel
63
FAMILY FABLES
81
ANECDOTE AS NARRATIVE RESOURCE IN WORKINGCLASS LIFE STORIES Parody Dramatization and Sequence
99
MY LIFE AS CONSUMER Narratives from the World of Goods
114
DISTANT HOMES OUR GENRE Recognizing Chinese Lives as an Anthropologist
126
THE ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW IN A CROSSCULTURAL SETTING 9 An Analysis of its Linguistic Social and Ideological Structure
142
IN THE ARCHIVE IN THE FIELD What Kind of Document is an Oral History?
160
SHARING AND RESHAPING LIFE STORIES Problems and Potential in Archiving Research Narratives
167
An Appreciation
182
A Select Bibliography
191
A CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
193
INDEX
196
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About the author (1998)

Mary Chamberlain has lived and worked in England and the Caribbean, and is Emeritus Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. Her book, Fenwomen, was the first to be published by Virago Press in 1975. Since then she has written many books on women's history, oral history and Caribbean history. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Creative Writing MA at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Thompson is of the University of Essex.

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