Master Narratives, Identities, and the Stories of Former Slaves

ORCID logoJonathan Clifton | University of Valenciennes
ORCID logoDorien Van De Mieroop | University of Leuven
ISBN 9789027249357 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027267108 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book is intended for researchers in the field of narrative from post-graduate level onwards. It analyzes the audio-recordings of the narratives of former slaves from the American South which are now publically available on the Library of Congress website: Voices from the days of slavery. More specifically, this book analyses the identity work of these former slaves and considers how these identities are related to master narratives. The novelty of this book is that through using such a temporally diverse and relatively large corpus, we show how master narratives change according to both the zeitgeist of the here-and-now of the interview world and the historical period that is related in the there-and-then of the story world. Moreover, focusing on the active achievement of master narratives as socially-situated co-constructed discursive accomplishments we analyze how different, inherently unstable and even contradictory versions of master narratives are enacted.
[Studies in Narrative, 22] 2016.  viii, 229 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Bringing together the close analysis of talk in interview and the investigation into dominant discourses about race, slavery and human (in)equality, Jonathan Clifton and Dorien Van De Mieroop offer a unique glimpse into the way former slaves in the US constructed identities and past lives in their own voice. This fascinating study speaks once again to the power of narratives as tools for understanding, sharing and negotiating human experience.”
“A brave and compelling book, with a multi-layered analysis. It infuses a corpus of data of historical significance with fresh insights from the thriving narrative analytic inquiry into identities at the same time as advancing the conceptualization of the elusive notion of 'master narratives.”
“This excellent book lends empirical substance to the abstract notion of master narratives, provides a clearer understanding of aspects of identity construction that are barely, if at all, controlled by subjects, and demonstrates how analyses of language use can contribute to the study of history – three highly commendable achievements.”
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