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Reflecting on a life in progress and the stories of oral history

Alessandro Portelli, Professor of American Literature Sapienza, University of Rome

Date/Time: Wednesday 10 January 2018

Professor Alessandro Portelli has played a leading role in transforming oral history. Through a number of key studies, he has promoted an appreciation of oral history as a literary genre that throws light on the significance of subjectivity in history. By interpreting the themes and structures of eyewitness testimony, Portelli has consistently demonstrated new ways of understanding memory. In this lecture Portelli reflected on his work to date, illustrating his intellectual journey with reference to the stories of the personal, and historical, victories and defeats that have inspired his critical contribution.