Some thoughts on memories/ stories

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Published on: 12/07/2011

I’ve been reading a bit on the memories/ stories distinction:

  1. Bohlmeijer’s De betekenis van levensverhalen (2007)  (The meaning of life-stories) is about ‘complete’ lives. Not my thing, I believe.
  2. Paul Arthur writes about the growth from Biography/ Autobiography towards a more inclusive Life Writing, which with the arrival of Web 2.0 gets even more expanded. But it is more or less constrained to focus on  ‘writing about your life’, not about life in a neighborhood or about a neighborhood. Maybe I should have a look at: Smith and Watson’s 52 genres of life narrative (p. 47).  These three might be interesting for me:
    1. Ecobiography (interweave the story of the teller with that of the conditions, ecology, geography etc. of it’s environment).
    2. Memoirs (a narrative that situates the subject in a social environment, either as observer or as participant).
    3. Witnessinig (give testimony to something, often related to how subjects respond to trauma).
  3. “Stories about memories” (see Vos & Ketelaar), but it makes stories different from memories. A memory can become active in the present as a (new) reconstruction of experiences in the past (Andres Hoskins, in Save as ….). That present memory can be expressed in a story. That makes the following situations or processes possible:
    1. The expression in a story of a memory in the present of a experience in the past.
    2. An real live experience in the present recorded as a story for later remembering (what happens to one then with respect to the same experience?)
    3. An earlier recorded/reported story by someone else on a certain experience (e.g. archived news paper articles). Can be input for process 1.
  4. In short, I think I should use stories (non fiction) instead of memories (or narratives) in the phrase: Online collections of local stories.
    1. If I define story widely as a series of non-fiction events that are related to each other, then historical, personal, journalistic,  etc. genres fit in.

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