1st Edition

Advances in Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry Reflections on the Legacy of Carolyn Ellis and Arthur Bochner

Edited By Tony E. Adams, Robin M. Boylorn, Lisa M. Tillmann Copyright 2021
    278 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    Marcin Kafar

    7. Dear Art and Carolyn: A Love Story

    Keith Berry

    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

    Csaba Osvath

    14. Searching for Utopia in Rural Queer Narratives

    Darren Cummings

    15. Kindred Spirits: Narrative, Art, Life

    Mark Freeman

    16. Friendship, Music, and Living Learning: The Story of a Song

    William K. Rawlins

    17. Comedic Autoethnography

    Nathan Hodges

    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.