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Title: Women's Oral Narrative and the Written Text: I, Rigoberta Menchú and Songs
Authors: Hasan Abdullah Al-Zubi
Keywords: Oral Narrative, Authorship, |Autobiography, Menchú, Burgos-Debray, Lejeune, testimonio
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Thaqafat, A Rerereed Journal for Cultural Studies, Bahrain.
Abstract: This study investigates the autobiographical pact in testimonio texts such as I, Rigoberta Menchú and Songs My Mother Sang to Me. Menchú in I, Rigoberta Menchú and the narrators in Songs are illiterate women who narrate orally their stories to an editor. The paper conducts an argument to decide who should receive the credit for the written text, the editor or the narrator? Autobiography critics like phillipe Lejeune assigns the written text to the editor for he belongs to the symbolic world of writing, ignoring and casting the narrator as the 'other.' This paper, however, highlights the narrator's role for the text and/or the story is hers. The Paper argues that due to the communal nature of these texts, a single pact is not drawn directly between the editor and narrator, but two pacts are drawn: one between the editor and the narrator, the other among the three parties, editor, narrator, and reader. Moreover, the editor's additions are considered in light of the narrator's agenda. Finally, the paper discusses the role of the signature in order to determine the final message sent to the reader.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/19089
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