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


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
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15542
Official URL http://www.oralhistory.org.uk/journals/journal_ind...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID21374. feminism, memory studies, composure, cultural scripts, maternalism, oral history
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