Feminographies: Narrating the Female Self in the Feminist Age
Life story telling has become a central plank of our confessional age as well as a key methodology of modern histories whether via the written autobiography, the oral history, or the self telling made possible by new forms of media. In the last 20 years there has been a sea-change in the willingness of people to tell their stories and a related shift in women’s ability and facility to tell narratives with authenticity at their core. In oral histories in particular we are able to hear women owning their voices and the stories those voices tell. This lecture introduces and explores the concept of feminography — the modern phenomenon of feminist narration of a life which is self validating as well as creating a genre of life story telling that authorises others to do the same.
Lynn Abrams is Professor of Modern History and Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on modern gender relations in Britain and Europe and on the practice and theory of oral history. She is the author of The Making of Modern Woman: Europe 1789-1918 (Longman, 2002); Myth and Materiality in a Woman’s World: Shetland 1800-2000 (Manchester, 2005), Oral History Theory (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2016) as well as the co-edited volumes: Gender in Scottish History (2006); A History of Everyday Life in Twentieth Century Scotland (2010); and Nine Centuries of Man: Manhood and Masculinities in Scottish History (2017).
Professor Lynn Abrams
The lecture will be followed by the announcement of the winner of the prestigious 2017 Ernest Scott Prize. The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded annually for the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand, and is supported by the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.
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