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Maisema omaelämäkertakirjoitusten kerronnallisena resurssina (2019)

Aaltonen, T., Henriksson, L., Tiilikka, T., Valokivi, H., & Zechner, M. (2019). Maisema omaelämäkertakirjoitusten kerronnallisena resurssina. Sosiologia, 56(3), 266-281.

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All authors or editors: Aaltonen, Tarja; Henriksson, Lea; Tiilikka, Tiina; Valokivi, Heli; Zechner, Minna

Journal or series: Sosiologia

ISSN: 0038-1640

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 56

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 266-281

Publisher: Westermarck-seura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67271


Landscape as a Narrative Resource in Autobiographical Texts In this methodologically focused article, we combine the perspectives of narrative studies and autobiographical research in social sciences. We study landscape as a narrative resource by analysing autobiographical stories. The stories were written by so-called third agers, individuals aged between 60 and 65, who had participated in the Elämän konkari writing competition. Our theory-driven data analysis benefitted from David Herman's (2009a) four narrative dimensions: situatedness, event sequencing, world disruption and lived experience. Situatedness was constructed in the research material with details of landscape or physical environment, which functioned as anchors to the event of telling the story or to the events being told. Event sequencing consists of expressions on how long the told events lasted and how much space they have been given in the story. Event sequencing can signify the importance of the told events for the narrator. When looking at disruption in the world narrated, the analysed narratives appear to rely on scripts that are understood as normal. As opposed to these normal scripts, narrators present disruptions and junctures that deviate from the normal scripts and course of events. Lived experiences embody how the events and situations are lived and what is the feel of the subjective nature of experience (Herman 2009a). In the data, lived experiences are presented for example as emotions, erotic landscapes and poems. In our data, landscape is a recurring, multi-layered and rich narrative resource. The analysis revealed surprising and personal layers of landscapes as well as hidden landscapes.

Keywords: landscape; memoirs; life history; personal narrative; narrativity

Free keywords: maisema; omaelämäkerta; kerronnallisuus

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Reporting Year: 2019

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