Narrating Oneself: Reflections on the Use of Solicited Diaries with Diary Interviews

Charlotte Kenten
In using the solicited diaries to access the everyday ways in which self-identified lesbians and gay men are made aware of their sexuality, this paper considers the role of solicited diaries combined with diary interviews. Furthermore it draws on empirical evidence to argue that a diary interview provides a richer, deeper and contextual understanding of the documented experiences. The paper reflects on the participants' experiences of keeping the solicited diary, the narratives produced through
more » ... the solicited diaries and heterosexism as one the main themes to emerge from the solicited diaries and diary interview analysis.