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Narrating estrangement, autoethnographies of writing of(f) family, edited by Lisa P. Z. Spinazola, David F. Purnell

"The stories in Narrating Estrangement: Autoethnographies of Writing Of(f) Family demonstrate the pain, anguish, and even relief felt by those who contemplate estranging or who are estranged, whether by choice or circumstance. Despite the social assumptions persisting about the everlasting nature of family relationships, when people make the complicated and often difficult decision to disconnect from family members, they experience shame, stigma, and isolation because of social pressures to maintain those relationships at all costs"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Endorsement Page -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Content Warning -- Dedications -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Biographies of the authors -- Introduction -- What is estrangement? -- Lisa talks about estrangement and guilt/shame -- David talks about estrangement and guilt/shame -- Unraveling the ties that bind -- Using stories (narrative, autoethnography) to research family estrangement -- Finding our voices, telling our stories, implicating others -- David writes -- Lisa writes -- Together we write to rupture -- Introduction to the chapters -- Section 1: Estrangement due to lingering effects of childhood neglect, abuse, or abandonment -- Section 2: Estrangement due to family secrets, betrayal, or death -- Section 3: Estrangement resulting from the search for identity, belonging, or home -- Section 4: Estrangement beyond our control, on being estranged from -- References -- Section 1: Estrangement due to lingering effects of childhood neglect, abuse, or abandonment -- Chapter 1: Writing of, off, to, and from my mother: Moving Forward, Word by Word -- The way we once were -- Entangled -- Running from home -- Leaving us again -- Return visits -- Feeling safe -- Unsafe childhood -- If the world was ending -- What is love? -- Are we still connected when we are kept at arm's length? -- Epilogue-an untidy end -- References -- Chapter 2: Estrangement: A Father/Son Love Story -- Non-Fictional Stories -- Divorce Equals Estrangement? -- A Silent Narrative -- Sharing a Publication -- Two People, Two Views -- Non-Happy Endings -- Tough Decisions -- Epilogue: COVID-19 -- References -- Chapter 3: A Series of @!?#@!? Events: A Journey to Mother-Daughter Estrangement -- A Collage of Narrative Exploration -- The Family -- Tremors -- Riding an Aftershock -- Too Many Tremors -- The Tremor of 2004
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (306 pages)
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