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ERIC Number: ED420224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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She Learned the Meaning of Life But Forgot It before She Could Say It: A Narrative Analysis of the Process of Tenure.
Pinnegar, Stefinee
This paper analyzes the process of tenure using various conceptions of narrative as the interpretive lens for considering the meaning of achieving tenure. It first examines tenure as narrative performance, noting when, where, and in what context tenure is discussed. The paper then looks at tenure through Donald Polkinghorne's (1988) analytical framework for considering narrative, which includes living the narrative, telling the narrative, and interpreting the narrative. Next, the paper focuses on tenure as story, noting the few frameworks for telling tenure stories, such as advice to the untenured and the announcement of tenure or its rejection. Finally, the paper looks at tenure as the archetypal quest narrative, noting that tenure often becomes a point of redefinition rather than an arrival. Much of the discussion focuses on the author's own attitudes and feelings concerning tenure and the tenure process. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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