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Corporal Hauntings: (Re)membering Father

David Purnell
Departures in Critical Qualitative Research
Vol. 4, No. 4, SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS (Winter 2015), pp. 65-82
DOI: 10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.4.65
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.4.65
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Corporal Hauntings
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Abstract

This narrative focuses on the use of fiction in conjunction with autoethnography in order to possibly change narrative inheritance. I use speculative autoethnography to seek out alternate outcomes of past life events. In this writing, fictionalized conversations take place with the hauntings of my child self during fragments of past experiences that I consider contributors to a failed familial relationship. I use this method to offer an alternative to the assumed social constructs of needing to “repair” such relationships. Through this account, I suggest ways to redirect the narrative momentum that pushes narrative inheritance into the future.

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