Advances in Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry
Reflections on the Legacy of Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner
Advances in Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry pays homage to two prominent scholars, Arthur Bochner and Carolyn Ellis, for their formative and formidable contributions to autoethnography, personal narrative, and alternative forms of scholarship.
Their autoethnographic—and life—project gives us tools for understanding shared humanity and precious diversity; for striving to become ever-more empathic, loving, and ethical; and for living our best creative, relational, and public lives. The collection is organized into two sections: "Foundations" and "Futures." Contributors to "Foundations" explore Carolyn and Art’s scholarship and legacy and/or their singular presence in the author’s life. Contributors to "Futures" offer novel and innovative applications of autoethnographic and narrative inquiry. Throughout, contributors demonstrate how Bochner’s and Ellis’ work has created and shifted the terrain of autoethnographic and narrative research.
This collection will be of interest to researchers familiar with Bochner’s and Ellis’ research. It also serves as a resource for graduate students, scholars, and professionals who have an interest in autoethnographic and narrative research. This collection can be used in upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate courses solely about autoethnography and narrative, and as a secondary text for courses about ethnography and qualitative research.
Table of Contents
1. Righting and Writing (for) Our Lives: Turning Inward When the World Falls Apart
Tony E. Adams, Robin M. Boylorn, and Lisa M. Tillmann
Part I: Foundations
2. Risk and Reward in Autoethnography: Revisiting "Chronicling an Academic Depression"
Barbara J. Jago
3. Coming Home to Narrative Autoethnography: Encounters with Bochner and Ellis
Christopher N. Poulos
4. Becoming Wild: Autoethnography as Feral Pedagogy
Stacy Holman Jones
5. A Collaborative Dialogue on the Dialogic Influence of Art Bochner and Carolyn Ellis
Lesa Lockford and Ronald J. Pelias
6. Traveling with Carolyn Ellis and Art Bochner, or How I Became Harmonized with the Autoethnographic Life: An Autoformative Story
7. Dear Art and Carolyn: A Love Story
8. Massaging the Muse
Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs
9. Changing Stories: A 20-Year Autoethnography
Elaine B. Jenks
10. A Rose by Another Name: Zen and the Art of Carolyn
Chris J. Patti
11. Bochner and Ellis as Teachers, Mentors, and Friends: Learning What it Means to Live a Good Life
Lisa P. Z. Spinazola
Part II: Futures
12. Traces and Shards of Self-injury: Strange Accounting with "Author X"
Brittany Presson, Brandi Barnes, Carol Rambo, and Author X
13. Tangible Autoethnography: Merging Autoethnographic Writing and Artmaking
14. Searching for Utopia in Rural Queer Narratives
15. Kindred Spirits: Narrative, Art, Life
16. Friendship, Music, and Living Learning: The Story of a Song
William K. Rawlins
17. Comedic Autoethnography
18. Walking in Dallas with Dead People
Deborah C. Breede
19. Forget My Perfect Offering: A Mother Daughter
Silvia M. Bénard Calva
20. Autoethnography as a Warm Idea
Arthur P. Bochner and Carolyn Ellis
Tony E. Adams is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Bradley University. He is the co-author and co-editor of nine books. He is a co-editor of the Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives book series (Routledge) and founding co-editor of the Journal of Autoethnography (University of California Press).
Robin M. Boylorn is an Associate Professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication at the University of Alabama. She is the author, co-author or co-editor of three books. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autoethnography (University of California Press).
Lisa M. Tillmann is an activist researcher, documentary filmmaker, and professor at Rollins College. The author of two books and producer or co-producer of four documentary films, she holds the William R. Kenan Chair of Critical Media and Cultural Studies.