Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byShelley Trower

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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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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 geo...

Shelley Trower is a research fellow at University of Exeter and committee member of the Oral History Society. Her publications include Senses of Vibration: A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound (forthcoming) and essays in Senses and Society (2008), Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (2009), and Neurology and Modernity, ed. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 9.61 × 6.21 × 0.76 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Oral Tradition, Literature, and Locality * Romanticizing the West Country: or, Hell-Hounds in Hard Cover and Pixies in Print—Tim Fulford * ‘The romance of real life’: Polwhele’s Representation of the Literary Culture and Language of Cornwall—Dafydd Moore * Printed Voices: Dialect and Diversity in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Lancashire—Sue Edney * Oral History and Local Environments * Regional Writing and Oral History, from China Clay to Eden—Shelley Trower * Wivenhoe Landscapes Remembered: From a Working River to Romanticized Nature—Paul Thompson * The Ouse Project: A Case Study of Applied Oral History—Andrew Holmes * Witnesses to a Changing Landscape: From the Circumpolar to Central London—Leslie McCartney * Audience and New Technologies * Oral History as Site-Specific Practice: Locating the History of Performance Art in Wales—Heike Roms and Rebecca Edwards * The Historical Hearing Aid: Located Oral History from the Listener’s Perspective—Toby Butler * Mapping Memories of Displacement: Oral History, Memoryscapes, and Mobile Methodologies—Steven High