Gender and Memory

Gender and Memory

Gender and Memory

Gender and Memory

Synopsis

Gender and Memory, the fourth volume of the International Yearbook of Oral History and Life Stories, explores the issue of the shaping of memory by gender. Are the different ways in which men and women are recalled in public and private memory, and also the differences in men's and women's own memories of similar experiences, simply reflections of unequal lives in gendered societies, or are they more deeply rooted? The Editors draw on original contributions relecting on the relationships between gender and memory in western and eastern Europe, China, Africa, Australia, the United States and Brazil.

Excerpt

This fourth volume of our Yearbook marks an important turning point for us. We have, we believe, succeeded once again in bringing together a collection of contributions from right round the world, and from a range of disciplines--history and sociology, socio-linguistics and family therapy, literature--to make a book which confronts all of us concerned with autobiographical testimony and narrative, both spoken and written, with original perspectives on a fundamental theme. But it has not been an easy task, and the difficulties which we have faced have helped us to conclude that our objectives would be better met in another form than an annual. We had hoped that this would combine the advantages of a book and a journal, but it now seems that an annual is uneasily stuck between the two forms both from the point of view of distribution and editing. In particular, for us as editors it is a form which demands the definitiveness of a book, and thus makes it difficult to reach an interdisciplinary and international range at a higher standard than for a journal while at the same time exploring relatively untried themes.

Our hope is therefore to go forward with our present aims as a book series, much in the same style, but not always with reviews, and not always on one theme. This will enable us to raise new themes in a more exploratory way, as well as to take first-rate single articles on any theme related to our general field. If you have followed and enjoyed the Yearbook we can confidently welcome you to its successor publications.

Paul Thompson . . .

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