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ERIC Number: EJ858100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Trying on--Being in--Becoming: Four Women's Journey(s) in Feminist Poststructural Theory
Phillips, Donna Kalmbach; Harris, Gennie; Larson, Mindy Legard; Higgins, Karen
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n9 p1455-1479 2009
The article discusses the narrative of four women in academia spanning a ten-year relational journey. As a performance collaborative autoethnography, it explores and presents theories of subjectivity and transitional space. Through journals, e-mails, and dialogue, the authors are "trying on", "being in", and "becoming" feminist poststructural thinkers/inquirers/teacher educators. The authors further explore the following: How has theory changed their subjectivity, lived experiences and relationships, and moved them from comfortable spaces of knowing to uncomfortable places of becoming? In a series of poetry and performance narratives, the authors chart their own linked journey(s) in pursuing these questions. As autoethnographers, the authors grapple with meanings and moments of loss, desire, guilt, and love as a practice of "hypomnemata". This study represents a reflective mining of such treasures, capturing moments of rereading and meditation, and a pause, even if an illusionary one, in our intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and embodied journey(s). This work illustrates how the self looks in transitional space: in motion, contemporaneous, simultaneously in the making, and in relation to others. The authors continue this practice as a pedagogy for being and living out the fictions of their lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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