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ERIC Number: EJ1089322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-5170
The Li(f)e of the Self: Missing Persons and Auto/Archeological Excavations
Burdick, Jake
Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, v11 n2 p122-135 2014
This article describes and enacts a process of autobiographical inquiry, auto/archeology, which seeks to address problematic confluences of memory and identity in reconstructing one's historical narrative. Drawing on curriculum theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis, the author describes a process of excavation in which understandings of a prior selfhood are created via interactions with previously created artifacts--a creative non-fiction essay, in this case. The analysis of this essay, and the resulting reconstitution of a personal history, as well as its enduring effects on the author's present life and work, are provided as an example of how this process might be enacted as a technology for self-study, a pedagogical experience, and an exploration of the desirous nature of identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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