Fenwomen

Fenwomen An oral history of women in a fenland village

  • Title: Fenwomen
  • Author: Mary Chamberlain Justin Partyka
  • ISBN: 9780956186959
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An oral history of women in a fenland village.

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    1. History has always been my first love and so this book has a great appeal. It falls within the tradition of oral history and concerns the lives of women in the remote fenland village of Isleham. The fens are a very flat area of Eastern England, the part in Lincolnshire I am familiar with, this area in Cambridgeshire, much less so. This book also has the merit of being the first book published by virago in 1975.It is a series of interviews with village women split into chapters about girlhood, sc [...]

    2. says this was "the first book published by Virago Press in 1975, and pioneered the use of oral history in the study of women’s history" and I'm not sure that can be true. But Virago published some cutting edge books. The author's notes explaining terms she thought needed explaining then would need a refresher as time marches on and even more of what the fenwomen talk about passes into obscurity. Still the wholesale, practically unedited recording of the musings of ordinary people provide such [...]

    3. Thanks to my friend Liz who loaned this to me. Interesting to hear the thoughts and experiences of these women living in a Fenland village, 40 years ago. How restrictive life was for many of them, compared to what I experience now. I've tried to figure out which village it was, as I live in Ely (which is mentioned a lot as the nearest town/city) but failed miserably. I'd love to read an update, on the lives of the younger women, if you're reading, Mary Chamberlain!

    4. After living in an East Anglian village, Gislea, for a few years, Chamberlain wrote a book about life there. It is told primarily through interviews with the women. It is a heartbreaking, enthralling tale of desperate poverty, generation long prejudices, and familial warmth. Most of the interviews talked about the back breaking labor, lack of intellectual opportunities, and loneliness of living in the fen. This was written in the 1970s, and so many of the subjects remember back to life at the tu [...]

    5. I do like oral histories - it's interesting to see the great variety of views that's often missed in a more generalized traditional history. However, it became rather tedious to read the sometimes ramblings of the women recorded in this book.

    6. Essential reading for anyone interested in women's history in general and the history of the Fens in particular.

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