Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History

Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History

Hardback Palgrave Studies in Oral History

By (author) Shelley Trower


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 239mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230623697
  • ISBN 13: 9780230623699
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 702,090

Product description

Oral history provides a valuable way of understanding locality. This volume considers the importance of working closely with the specifics of place in the context of global issues including environmental concerns and new communication technologies. Developing interdisciplinary connections between oral history, literary studies, and geography, essays in this collection focus on how both oral and written narratives engage with particular places, ranging from Dartmoor and 'the clay country' to the River Ouse, from London to the polar regions. Further, this collection considers how oral history interviews themselves--the sounds of voices--are recorded and listened to in particular places: on walks, in theatres, at home on the internet. In doing so, this volume highlights the importance of thinking methodically about place not only in terms of the content of interviews, but also their creation, dissemination, and reception.

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SHELLEY TROWER Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK.

Table of contents

Oral Tradition, Literature, and Locality Romanticizing the West Country: or, Hell-Hounds in Hard Cover and Pixies in Print; T.Fulford 'The romance of real life': Polwhele's Representation of the Literary Culture and Language of Cornwall; D.Moore Printed Voices: Dialect and Diversity in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Lancashire; S.Edney Oral History and Local Environments Regional Writing and Oral History, from China Clay to Eden; S.Trower Wivenhoe Landscapes Remembered: From a Working River to Romanticized Nature; P.Thompson The Ouse Project: A Case Study of Applied Oral History; A.Holmes Witnesses to a Changing Landscape: From the Circumpolar to Central London; L.McCartney Audience and New Technologies Oral History as Site-Specific Practice: Locating the History of Performance Art in Wales; H.Roms & R.Edwards The Historical Hearing Aid: Located Oral History from the Listener's Perspective; T.Butler Mapping Memories of Displacement: Oral History, Memoryscapes, and Mobile Methodologies; S.High