A story within a story within a story within a story: British art school experience retrieved through archive, anecdote and life writing

Gaffney, Sheila (2017) A story within a story within a story within a story: British art school experience retrieved through archive, anecdote and life writing. n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, 40. pp. 80-88. ISSN 1461-0434

Abstract

‘Personal interpretations of past time’ are what the historian Carolyn Steedman calls ‘the stories that people tell themselves in order to explain how they got to the place they currently inhabit' (1986). She has proved in her history texts that they ‘are often in deep and ambiguous conflict with the official interpretative devices of a culture’. This text offers an account fashioned from my own lived experience using anecdotes retrieved from archival materials, including my own mental archive, physical evidence located in the Special Collections at Goldsmiths Library, the sculpture archives at the Henry Moore Institute and the printed pedagogical literature of the sculptor Reg Butler.

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