‘ A Not-so-simple Story from My Life ’ : Using Auto-ethnography and Creative Writing to Re-frame the Heteronormative Narratives of School Life


Rickard, Angela (2014) ‘ A Not-so-simple Story from My Life ’ : Using Auto-ethnography and Creative Writing to Re-frame the Heteronormative Narratives of School Life. Changing English, 21 (4). pp. 348-358. ISSN 1358-684X

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Abstract

Re fl ecting on my experience as a teacher and a lesbian in a second-level school in Ireland in the early 1990s, I use an auto-ethnographic approach fi rst to explore some of the ways dominant narratives can silence, constrain and marginalise some people. Projecting forward to an imagined future, I draw on creative writ- ing to ‘ re-frame ’ how identity could be represented and experienced. While it is noted that context, attitudes and experiences have changed for the better in the intervening decades, legislative frames still hold fast, and heteronormativity con- tinues to curb expressions of difference. Adopting a creatively disruptive style and format, I hope to provide a glimpse of a new normal in schools where more positive and less alienating experiences are imaginable ... for everyone.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: auto-ethnography; narrative; education; Ireland; heteronormativity;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
Item ID: 5730
Identification Number: 10.1080/1358684X.2014.969021
Depositing User: Angela Rickard
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2015 10:31
Journal or Publication Title: Changing English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Refereed: Yes
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