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Our remembered selves: oral history and feminist memory

Stephens, Julie (2010) Our remembered selves: oral history and feminist memory. Oral History, 38 (1). pp. 81-90. ISSN 0143-0955

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In retrospective accounts of the women’s movement, personal memories of feminists have taken on a public and collective significance. What has come to count as an official memory and what has been forgotten is invariably contested. Oral history interviews with Australian feminists looking back on the women’s movement challenge sanctioned accounts of second wave feminism and raise important questions about memory and oral history. This article explores some of the creative possibilities of interlinking memory theory, oral history and feminist reminiscence. In examining oral testimonies about mid-twentieth century feminism, a more multifaceted and ambivalent dialogue about the women’s movement emerges than that found in memoir and autobiography. Oral reminiscences resist some of the pressures to conform to dominant representational frameworks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21374. feminism, memory studies, composure, cultural scripts, maternalism, oral history
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: Bingyan Gu
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 02:09
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:43
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