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‘Revealing Fragments: Close and Distant Reading of Working-Class Autobiography’

Rogers, H and Cuming, EM (2019) ‘Revealing Fragments: Close and Distant Reading of Working-Class Autobiography’. Family and Community History, 21 (3). pp. 180-201. ISSN 1463-1180

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Abstract

Focusing on the Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography, one of the largest collections of life-writing ‘from below’, this article explores the process of writing and the emotional framework within which they were penned. The autobiographies vary in length but, essentially, all are fragments of a life and memories shared. Some are fragmentary by nature of their brevity, while others seem to be incomplete. Often these autobiographical fragments provide snippets of a voice, remembered conversations, or work as collective histories of the common people. Amidst renewed interest in the ways that autobiographical writings can be used to trace changes in British culture and society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this article investigates both individual memoirs and the Archive as a whole to explore how even the smallest fragment can illuminate our collective past and present.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Family and Community History on 14/02/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14631180.2018.1555951
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 00:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14631180.2018.1555951
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9817

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