(2010) 'Working With Stories as Multiplicities, Opening up the Black Box of the Archive. Life Writing, 7 (1), 19-33.
Tamboukou, M. 2010. (2010) 'Working With Stories as Multiplicities, Opening up the Black Box of the Archive. Life Writing, 7 (1), 19-33. Life Writing. 7 (1), pp. 19-33.
This paper opens up a dialogue between narrative researchers working within and between history and the social sciences. Following Israel's (this issue) account of how narratives of lives are useful subjects for historical analysis, I consider issues arising from the social sciences, particularly focusing on questions that destabilise narratological conventions around sequence, closure and agency. In agreement with Israel, I suggest that narrative research as the art of the archive foregrounds the importance of partial truths in life-writing research, offers rich knowledges and invokes intense intellectual pleasures. But also the subject in my analysis seems to transgress the discursive limitations of her textuality, foregrounding the salience of the political in narrative research. In its capacity to help shape historical and auto/biographical writings, narrativity emerges as an immensely rich way of opening up an interdisciplinary field of inquiry. However, the narratological canon also needs to be continually problematised.
|Keywords||archives; narratives; feminist genealogies|
|Journal citation||7 (1), pp. 19-33|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1405|
|17 May 2010|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||09 Dec 2011|
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