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Notes on The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II (1985) by Svetlana Alexievich

Last week, Sara Danius, the first woman to serve as Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy — the “independent cultural institution” which has, since 1901, been responsible for choosing each year’s laureate for the Nobel Prize in Literature — passed … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II (1984) by Studs Terkel

“The ordinary person feels not only as good a being as I am; rather he feels somewhat superior. The average American has an indigenous intelligence, a native wit. It’s only a question of piquing that intelligence.” – Studs Terkel As … Continue reading

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Finding My Thing

“I often reflect upon what it means to identify as an oral historian. What makes each one of us an oral historian…? Are we oral historians only if the interviews we conduct are transcribed, indexed and deposited into a traditional … Continue reading

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