Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories : Form and Meaning in Oral History / Edition 1

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The author began with an interest in the relationship of folksong to working-class identity and consciousness. He used literature, folklore, and linguistics to develop a method for the study of subjectivity by focusing on the implications of the verbal strategies used by the narrators. Following several essays on methodology, the central sections of the book describe two industrial cultures: Terni in Umbria, Central Italy; and Harlan in the heart of the Eastern Kentucky coal fields in the US. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791404300
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Series: SUNY Series in Oral and Public History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 634,031
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


1. The Death of Luigi Trastulli: Memory and the Event

I. On Methodology

2. Research as an Experiment in Equality

3. What Makes Oral History Different

4. "The Time of My Life": Functions of Time in Oral History

II. Two Industrial Cultures

Section One Terni, Umbria, Italy

5. Dividing the World: Sound and Space in Cultural Transition

6. Uchronic Dreams: Working-Class Memory and Possible Worlds

7. The Best Garbage Man in Town: Life and Times of Valtàro Peppoloni, Worker

8. Sports, Work, and Politics in an Industrial Town

9. Typology of Industrial Folk Song

Section Two Harlan, Kentucky, United States

10. Patterns of Paternalism: From Company Town to Union Shop

11. No Neutrals There: The Cultural Class Struggle in the Harlan Miners' Strike of 1931-32

III. The Interdisciplinary Approach

12. The Oral Shape of the Law: The "April 7 Case"

13. Absalom, Absalom! : Oral History and Literature

The Narrators



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