Revista Brasileira de Educação
Print version ISSN 1413-2478
THIES, Vania Grim and PERES, Eliane. When writing gives a new meaning to life: diaries of a farmer - a "male" writing practice. Rev. Bras. Educ. [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.41, pp. 216-231. ISSN 1413-2478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-24782009000200002.
This work analyzes diaries written by a farmer from Rio Grande do Sul, 61 years old, with primary schooling, that has been for 36 years (1972-2008) "recording his life through writing", writing rigorously every day and leaving marks from his own history through the writing. The methodology used is the analysis of ten diaries along with semi-structuralized interviews. The theoretical reference is based on authors linked to the history of the written culture and to the field of the literacy practices. Some of the conclusions reached by this work indicate that the writing of the diaries is, for the farmer, "a way of being in the everyday life", of recording his history and the history of his family, a way of leaving marks from the past as an "inheritance" to new generations. We understand that this study contributes to the field of written culture as it presents writing as complex and meaningful social and cultural practice. Therefore, we deal with the diaries as a heritage of the written.
Keywords : written culture; literacy; farmer; diaries.