Gender: A useful category in the analysis of ego-documents?

Sigurur Gylfi Magnússon*

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The article discusses the significance of the concept of gender for historical analysis, particularly on the basis of the importance of different types of ego-documents for the self-expression of the sexes. Attention is focused mainly on the status of autobiographies as a historical source, with some consideration of other types of life writing. It is shown how the form of this genre affects the sexes access to self-expression and how their differing cultural space opens up opportunities for people's self-creation. The development is viewed in an international light, with reference to both ego-documents and history in general, and it is shown how sources of this kind and women's perspectives are necessary preconditions for the humanities to be able to achieve an important reinterpretation of older historical arguments. Each can provide scholars with opportunities to investigate material that has previously defied their analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-222
Number of pages21
JournalScandinavian Journal of History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013

Other keywords

  • ego-documents
  • gender
  • historical sources
  • memory
  • microhistory


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