By Harvey Whitehouse
Via a detailed exam of 4 Melanesian spiritual traditions, Whitehouse identifies a collection of recurrent interconnections among forms of spiritual transmission, platforms of reminiscence, and styles of political organization. He argues that those interconnections could make clear various common difficulties in heritage, archaeology, and social thought.
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The ten volumes of Emily Hawley Gillespie's journal form a serial autobiography, to use Robert Fothergill's term. In the final chapter of this study I argue that conscious and unconscious artistry has gone into the creation of this ordinary woman's extraordinary autobiography in diary form. For an intertextual study of how the earliest diaries were changed, if at all, when Emily Gillespie and Sarah Huftalen copied them over, a comparison with the original Michigan journal fragments would be invaluable, but this is beyond the scope of this study.
Help Mother wash. at ten Mr. Barnum (the Presbyterian preacher) came along from Medina. I rode with him as far as the church then went on foot to Mr. Farsts, made Harriet a visit; after tea Cal Acker came there. I stayed with sister Edna at Charles Blanchards all night. 13 We know what she did on the day and whom she encountered, but not what she felt or thought. Only gradually did Emily Hawley, stimulated by experience, begin to write a commentary on the day's events and characters, letting her ego and voice emerge in her book.
At the end of another year may be. August 1858 Sun. yesterday Truman & Henry 1st. Rain. Fri. I help 6. Mother do the work, four to breakfast & four to dinner. * * * Sun. Hiram Crane call 8. Rain. Page 10 Wed. Royal Hamlin came for me to go to 11. Venus went to 15. " Libbie half & I remainder. It seems to me to meet no more, In friendships chain as in days of yore, Not that we are not friends, Ah no! Very Pleasant Thurs. We (all but Father) attended a celebration at Canandaigua. 26. After the Oration was commenced & the tables were being filled with a most bountiful supply of nice things, it began to rain; the rain fell in torrents & such a time.