Narratives of self and other: Auto/biography in Papua New Guinea

Henry, Rosita (2023) Narratives of self and other: Auto/biography in Papua New Guinea. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., Bradshaw, Robert L., Ciucci, Luca, and Wangdi, Pema, (eds.) Celebrating Indigenous Voice: Legends and Narratives in Languages of the Tropics and Beyond. Anthropological Linguistics, 5 . De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, pp. 289-304.

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Abstract

It is currently a widely held view among scholars in the humanities and social sciences that one of the ways humans construct selfhood is through the stories that we tell about ourselves and about others. Yet, anthropological and linguistic studies on Papua New Guinea (PNG) reveal that, while humans may indeed construct selfhood through narratives, such narratives do not necessarily involve the teller as a character in the story. In other words, they are not autobiographical in the way this genre is typically defined in literature studies – that is, as a literary genre denoting the retrospective telling of one’s own life – often synonymously termed “life writing”.

Item ID: 78441
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9783110789836
Copyright Information: © 2023 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Planning for Later Life among Papua New Guineans in North Queensland (DP140100178)
Date Deposited: 14 May 2024 23:12
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture @ 100%
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