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ERIC Number: EJ937080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun-30
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Performing an Archive of Resistance: Challenging Normative Life Narratives through Literary Reading and Memoir Writing Research
Robson, Claire; Sumara, Dennis; Luce-Kapler, Rebecca
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v12 spec iss 1.9 Jun 2011
This research explores the ways in which normative structures organize experiences and representations of identities. It reports on two groups, one in which the members identified as rural and heterosexual and the other as urban and lesbian. Both participated in literary reading and response practices organized by a literary anthropological research methodology (Iser, 1993; Luce-Kapler, 2004). Informed by research in literary theory and consciousness studies, the paper suggests that fictional identifications influence the development of human consciousness and the narration of stories, and that "close reading" (Gallop, 2000) and effortful practice (Davis, Sumara, & Luce-Kapler, 2008) help us to reconsider "normative" identity narratives through identifications with literary characters and through writing practices that require us to shift our perspectives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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