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The Literacy of Pain: Narrating Identities in the Face of Death

The Literacy of Pain: Narrating Identities in the Face of Death Following H. L. Goodall Jr.'s call to employ narrative ethnography to help re-establish “the centrality of personal experience and identity in the social construction of knowledge,”[1][1] this essay examines one scholar's efforts to identify with her student, Anna, during her battle with terminal Ewing's Sarcoma. Using performative writing and the lenses of literary devices and relief humor, we seek mechanisms for grappling with the complexities of life and death: labeling devices and tropes, using what we know to figure out what we do not know, and thinking critically and reflexively. [1]: #ref-1 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Departures in Critical Qualitative Research University of California Press

The Literacy of Pain: Narrating Identities in the Face of Death

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University of California Press
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2333-9497
DOI
10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.3.27
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Abstract

Following H. L. Goodall Jr.'s call to employ narrative ethnography to help re-establish “the centrality of personal experience and identity in the social construction of knowledge,”[1][1] this essay examines one scholar's efforts to identify with her student, Anna, during her battle with terminal Ewing's Sarcoma. Using performative writing and the lenses of literary devices and relief humor, we seek mechanisms for grappling with the complexities of life and death: labeling devices and tropes, using what we know to figure out what we do not know, and thinking critically and reflexively. [1]: #ref-1

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Departures in Critical Qualitative ResearchUniversity of California Press

Published: Sep 1, 2015

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