Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts

 

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dc.contributor.advisor McCormick, Kay en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Bennett, Bonita en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-28T14:16:38Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-28T14:16:38Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bennett, B. 2005. Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6716
dc.description.abstract In this thesis I have examined the life stories of three victims of forced removals. It is based on an understanding that there is much that we can learn from the lives of 'ordinary people' and that the oral medium is a rich source of understanding other aspects of society. Chapter 1 sketches the background of this study, and the socio-political context within which it has grown. In the main theory section (chapter 2), I provide a general overview of the tools of narrative-based discourse analysis which I have used for my work and lead into a consideration of theories of memory and time. I focus particularly on aspects of representation of time in narrative and explore the nature of traumatic memory in relation to this. In chapter four, my analysis draws attention to the different ways in which narrators make sense of the traumatic event in their lives. In fact, my analysis demonstrates that trauma shares fewer features with 'events' (as understood by Portelli, Ricouer and others), and seems to correspond more closely to an understanding of it as 'duration'. I conclude that the concept of linear time is not the organising principle in the narratives which I have examined, and that the forced removal has been a central occurrence around which the rest of life - and narrating about life is understood. en_ZA
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dc.title Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts en_ZA
dc.type Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Bennett, B. (2005). <i>Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6716 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Bennett, Bonita. <i>"Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa, 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6716 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Bennett B. Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies and Services in Africa, 2005 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6716 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Bennett, Bonita AB - In this thesis I have examined the life stories of three victims of forced removals. It is based on an understanding that there is much that we can learn from the lives of 'ordinary people' and that the oral medium is a rich source of understanding other aspects of society. Chapter 1 sketches the background of this study, and the socio-political context within which it has grown. In the main theory section (chapter 2), I provide a general overview of the tools of narrative-based discourse analysis which I have used for my work and lead into a consideration of theories of memory and time. I focus particularly on aspects of representation of time in narrative and explore the nature of traumatic memory in relation to this. In chapter four, my analysis draws attention to the different ways in which narrators make sense of the traumatic event in their lives. In fact, my analysis demonstrates that trauma shares fewer features with 'events' (as understood by Portelli, Ricouer and others), and seems to correspond more closely to an understanding of it as 'duration'. I conclude that the concept of linear time is not the organising principle in the narratives which I have examined, and that the forced removal has been a central occurrence around which the rest of life - and narrating about life is understood. DA - 2005 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2005 T1 - Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts TI - Temporal representation in narratives of forced removals : a narrative analysis of life story texts UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6716 ER - en_ZA


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