Contemporary Oral History: Roddy Doyle's Memoir

Mutvārdu vēsture mūsdienās: Rodija Doha memuāri "Rorijs Un Ita"
Contemporary Oral History: Roddy Doyle's Memoir "Rory & Ita"

Author(s): Tatjana Bicjutko
Subject(s): Literary Texts, Cultural history, Oral history, British Literature
Published by: Latvijas Kultūras akadēmija
Keywords: Oral history; contemporary history; Roddy Doyle's Memoir; Rory & Ita;

Summary/Abstract: The paper investigates new trends in the genre of memoirs in the beginning of the 21st century, taking as an example the family history of one of the foremost Irish writers. Rory & Ita, the first non-fictional work of Roddy Doyle, focuses on the paralleled lives of his parents and reveals Ireland in the complexity of its transformation through the 20th century. Dubbed by positive critics as a work of oral history offering a new standard in the memoir and biography, Rory & Ita has provoked a surprising amount of negative response. The paper seeks to find explanations for this reaction, and, pursuing such an aim, to discuss narrative strategies underlying the text.

  • Issue Year: 2/2006
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 34-42
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Latvian