Article published in:The Afterlife of the Life History
[Journal of Narrative and Life History 2:1] 1992
► pp. 61–74
Writing Life Histories From the Field
Abstract This article raises issues of rendering oral narratives as text, the different needs of audiences in oral and literate settings, and how the relationship of narrator and collaborator influences the information and its presentation. Successfully addressing these issues demands that the anthropologist also consider the literary impact of the work. I conclude that the literary consideration raised in this genre of writing is basic to the most important of anthropological concerns, the cross-cultural communication of understandings. (Participant observation; life-history interviewing, editing, and narrative construction; cultural representation; writing for culturally diverse audiences)
Published online: 04 August 2015
Bauman, R., & Briggs, C.
in press). Oral literary history and the oral biography. In Aldous Huxley recollected. Berkeley: University of California Press.
A musher's memories: A native narrator's recollections of travel are revived in his tales
no date). One man's trail. Anchorage, AK: Anchorage Community College Adult Literacy Laboratory.
Oral history tells much about the early Athabascan life, the life history of Moses Cruikshank
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