Diaries and oral histories as ego-documents in the representations of the Taiwanese nation

Ann Heylen*

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Abstract

This article positions published personal or ego-documents—with a focus on diaries and oral histories—within the framework of Taiwan historical studies. It specifically deals with the complexities involved in defining the literary generic of historical narratives against the background of the transition of Taiwanese society from the Japanese colonial period onwards. In tandem with this thematic issue, it offers a close-up on how the collection and analysis of data in resonance with general changes in history writing over the past decades raises research questions about the nature of an inclusive Taiwanese identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-73
Number of pages26
JournalEuropean Journal of East Asian Studies
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Cultural turn
  • History
  • Nation-building
  • Personal documents
  • Taiwan subjectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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