Artful shaping : the ethics of fictionalising oral history
Van Luyn, Ariella (2010) Artful shaping : the ethics of fictionalising oral history. In XVI International Oral History Association Conference (2010 IOHA), 7-1 July 2010, Prague. (Unpublished)
The paper documents the development of an ethical framework for my current PhD project. I am a practice-led researcher with a background in creative writing. My project invovles
conducting a number of oral history interviews with individuals living in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I use the interviews to inform a novel set in Brisbane. In doing so, I hope to provide a lens into a cultural and historical space by creating a rich, textured and vivid
narrative while still retaining some of the essential aspects of the oral history.
While developing a methodology for fictionalising these oral histories, I have encountered a derserve range of ethical issues. In particular I have had to confront my role as a writer and researcher working with other people’s stories. In order to grapple with the complex ethics of
such an engagment, I examine the devices and stratedgies employed by other creative practioners working in similar fields. I focus chielfy on Miguel Barnet’s Biography of a
Runaway Slave (published in English in 1968) Dave Eggers’What is the what: The autobiography of Valentino Achek Deng, a novel (2005) in order to understand the complex processes of mediation invloved in the artful shaping of oral histories. The paper explores how I have confronted and resolved ethical considerations in my theoretical and creative work.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||oral history, fiction, ethics, creative writing, methodology, Dave Eggers, Miguel Barnet|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.|
|Deposited On:||08 Sep 2010 13:25|
|Last Modified:||08 Sep 2010 13:25|
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