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Using autobiographies in business history: a narratological analysis of Jules Joubert's Shavings and Scrapes

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Entrepreneur autobiographies provide business historians with the opportunity to connect storytelling and identity, topics that are now prominent in economic debate. Yet lingering concern about the subjectivity of life writing prevents wider use of autobiographies within business history. This article seeks to allay such concern by applying the narratological method to the colonial entrepreneur Jules Joubert's autobiography, Shavings and Scrapes. Joubert's narrative identity is as an ‘adventurer’. This identity shored up his self-image and was used by him to enhance his reputation. Narratology shows that an autobiography can stabilise and publicise the colonial entrepreneur's narrative identity, thereby benefiting their business career.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Reveley, J. (2010). Using autobiographies in business history: a narratological analysis of Jules Joubert's Shavings and Scrapes. Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic, business and social history, 50 (3), 284-305.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77958601278

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/2286

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 284

End Page


  • 305

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aehr.2010.50.issue-3/issuetoc

Abstract


  • Entrepreneur autobiographies provide business historians with the opportunity to connect storytelling and identity, topics that are now prominent in economic debate. Yet lingering concern about the subjectivity of life writing prevents wider use of autobiographies within business history. This article seeks to allay such concern by applying the narratological method to the colonial entrepreneur Jules Joubert's autobiography, Shavings and Scrapes. Joubert's narrative identity is as an ‘adventurer’. This identity shored up his self-image and was used by him to enhance his reputation. Narratology shows that an autobiography can stabilise and publicise the colonial entrepreneur's narrative identity, thereby benefiting their business career.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Reveley, J. (2010). Using autobiographies in business history: a narratological analysis of Jules Joubert's Shavings and Scrapes. Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic, business and social history, 50 (3), 284-305.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77958601278

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/2286

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 284

End Page


  • 305

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aehr.2010.50.issue-3/issuetoc