Life Writing Trajectories in Post-1989 Eastern Europe

Narratives of Survival and the Politics of Memory

  • Vieda Skultans University of Bristol
Keywords: Little stories, big stories, personal memory, national identity.


Narratives of survival illustrate a number of converging theoretical issues of importance for life-history writing. On the one hand, personal memory strives for connection with shared structures of thought: little stories seek to attach themselves to big stories. On the other hand, nation building shapes personal memory to serve its political grand narratives. In the interstitial space room must be found for the articulation of the experience of little individuals.

Author Biography

Vieda Skultans, University of Bristol
Emeritus Professor
Senior Research Fellow in Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Life Writing Trajectories in Post-1989 Eastern Europe