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Rickard A.
2014
October
Changing English
Not-so-simple Story from My Life: Using Auto-ethnography and Creative Writing to Re-frame the Heteronormative Narratives of School Life
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auto-ethnography education heteronormativity Ireland narrative
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© 2014, © 2014 The editors of Changing English. Reflecting 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 first 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 writing 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 continues 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.
1358-684X
10.1080/1358684X.2014.969021
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