The actors in young women's childbirth narratives

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/raportissa/konferenssijulkaisussaLukuTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu


In this article, I want to analyze how the women in their accounts of their experiences describe and characterize the participating actors. The women present narratives in which each one of the actors is assigned a specifi c role. A narrative about a childbirth experience can be analysed as a “childbirth drama”, where the events are recounted as if they took place on a stage and the actors take on certain roles (Goffman 1959). Even if the description of the experience of giving birth to a child can be interpreted as a self-presentation, the woman narrating her experience is not alone on the stage. What other actors do we encounter in the narrative, who is the woman giving birth said to co-operate with and how is the interaction between these actors recounted? How is a new entry onto the stage described? To what roles are the actors assigned - and when do these roles change in the narrative? What part does corporeality play in this context? What insight into the discursive context of the narrative – in this case the discursive field of childbirth – does such an analysis render?

In this article I am particularly concerned with how the narrators themselves choose to present the actors and the interaction between them. My theoretical points of departure are Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical approach focusing on drama, stage and roles (1959) and Katharine Galloway Young’s model of the relationship between narrative, narration and conversation (1987).
OtsikkoNarrating, Doing, Experiencing
AlaotsikkoNordic Folkloristic Perspectives
ToimittajatAnnikki Kaivola-Bregenhöj, Barbo Klein, Ulf Palmenfelt
KustantajaFinnish Literature Society
ISBN (elektroninen)978-951-858-063-1, 978-951-858-064-8
ISBN (painettu) 978-951-746-726-1
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2006
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Kirjan osa tai toinen tutkimuskirja


NimiStudia Fennica Folkloristica