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Tamboukou, Maria (2015)
Publisher: Routledge
Languages: English
Types: Article
In this paper I follow trails in the memory of work by reading the books and papers of Jeanne Bouvier, a French seamstress, ardent trade-unionist and passionate writer, who left a rich body of labour literature including four published historical studies, as well as the memoirs of her life, work and struggles. Work, action and creativity are three interrelated planes on which Bouvier situates herself, while memory and imagination are interwoven in the way she seeks to understand herself in the world with others. What emerges as a particularly striking theme from Bouvier’s papers is a material matrix of mnemonic and imaginary practices, wherein bodies, places and objects are entangled in the narrative constitution of the self of the woman worker/writer.
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    • Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative SocialResearch, 12(3), Art. 3, http://nbn-
    • resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs110333 (accessed, 24-3-2014). 22 For an excellent overview of the field see amongst others, Susannah Radstone
    • and Bill Schwarz (Eds) (2010) Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. (NY:
    • Fordham University Press). 23 See, Susannah Radstone (2007) The Sexual Politics of Time: Confession, Nostalgia, Memory. (NY and London: Routledge) and Sylvia Paletschek and Sylvia Schrant (Eds.) (2008) The Gender of Memory: Cultures of Remembrance in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe (Chicago: Chicago University Press). 24 See Castillo, The memory of work, p.1. 25 For example, the word 'femme' does not appear in any of the front pages of the website of the national archives of the world of work in France. See, http://www.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/camt 26 See, Paletschek and Schrant, The Gender of Memory, p. 273 27 For an excellent collection of theories around women's autobiographical writings,
    • see Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (Eds)(1998) Women, Autobiography, Theory: A
    • Reader. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press). 28 See amongst others The Gender of Memory for a good overview of this literature. 29 See, 'Le baptême du petite frère' and 'La mort du petite frère' as the very first pages/sections of her Mémoires, pp. 35-37. 30 See amongst others, Arlette Farge (1989) Le goût de l' archive. (Paris: Gallimard);
    • Jaques Derrida (1998) Archive Fever. (Chicago: The University of Chicago
    • Press); Carolyn Steedman (2001) Dust. (Manchester: Manchester University
    • Pres); Antoinette Burton (Ed.) (2005) Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions and the
    • Writing of History. (Durham: Duke University Press); Ann, L., Stoler, (2009)
    • Princeton University Press). 31 See Maria Tamboukou (2014) 'The female self as punctum: Fannia Cohn's archival technologies of the self', in British Sociological Association Auto/biography Yearbook, VIII, 99-13. 32 According to Gillmore, 'autobiographics' is a discursive regime where narratives of experience are intervoven with discourses of truth in the autobiographical representation of the self. See, Leigh Gillmore (1994) Autobiographics: A feminist Theory of Women's Self-Representation. (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press). 33 Marie-Louise Bouglé (1883-1936) was an active feminist at the turn of the
    • twentieth century. She worked as a secretary, but in 1921 she began an intense
    • correspondences. She thus founded a feminist library, which opened in 1923
    • premature death in 1936, her husband André Mariani looked after the library
    • in 1946 and can today be located as: Archives Marie-Louise Bouglé,
    • Albistur (1985) 'Une nouvelle demeure de Clio ou les archives Marie-Louise
    • Bouglé', Matériaux pour l'histoire de notre temps, vol. 1, no 1 and Joan, W. Scott
    • (1987). 'New Documents on the Lives of French Women : The Journal of 85 Today 'Rue Antoinette' is called 'Rue Yvonne le Tac'. See http://www.cparama.com/forum/paris-rue-antoinette-t12007.html for images of the street in Bouvier's days. 86 Bouvier, Mes Mémoires, p. 88. 87 Bouvier, Mes Mémoires, p. 89. 88 Gwen John to Charles McEvoy, undated letter, in Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
    • (2004) Gwen John: Letters and Notebooks (London: Tate Publishing), p. 40. 89 Casey, Remembering, p. 206. 90 Bouvier, Mes Mémoires, p. 60. 91 Casey, Remembering, p. 205. 92 Bouvier, La Lingerie, p. 253-254, 256. 93 Bouvier, Mes Mémoires, p. 55. 94   Jo Stanley, (1991)'Well who'd want an old picture of me at work?' In J.
    • (pp. 60-71). ( London: Virago Press), p.60 95 Bouvier, Mes Mémoires, p.81. 96 Casey, Remembering, p. xxii. 97 Casey, Remembering, p.284. 98 Casey, Remembering, p.285. 99 Bouvier, Mes Mémoires, p.183.
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