Trying to be good : lessons in oral history and performance

Rouverol, AJ 2015, 'Trying to be good : lessons in oral history and performance' , in: The oral history reader , Routledge Readers in History, 3rd Ed , Routledge, London, pp. 636-655.

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In this essay, Alicia Rouverol assesses an oral history performance event based on life review interviews in a US prison. She explores how life review helped inmates to make new sense of their lives, the challenges of sharing authority in a prison setting, and how performing inmates' stories to young people on the edge of prison life 'changed some futures'. Alicia Rouverol ( has worked as an assistant director at the Southern Oral History Program (where her oral interviews can be accessed at, and is currently a Creative Writing PhD student and Presidential Doctoral Scholar in England at the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. Her fiction focuses on many of the issues she explored previously through folklore and oral history, including worker culture, time and the effects of economic decline. Extracted from Della Pollock (ed), Remembering: Oral History Performance, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005, pp. 19-43. Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Perks, R and Thomson, A
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge
Series Name: Routledge Readers in History
ISBN: 9780415707336
Depositing User: AJ Rouverol
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 08:12
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2022 08:15

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