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ERIC Number: ED319078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 18
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The Interviewer as Critic: Distortion of the Voice in the Collection of Oral Narratives.
Bragg, Sharon Bebout
While oral narratives have received much attention in recent years as texts for performance, the literature is weakest at the very base of the narrative script, the interview. The shaping of the narrative, which can include distortion and alteration, begins during the course of the interview. Excerpts from interviews with coal miners illustrate how apt is the metaphor of the interviewer as critic. Interviews can be altered by seeking clarification, by changing the subject, by directing an interview performance (by which the interviewer puts him/herself in an imaginary situation and asks questions about it), and by reacting in a positive or neutral way to the interviewee. Those conducting interviews must be sensitive to how even their physical characteristics (such as gender) and social backgrounds can influence interviewees. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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