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作者 Gardner, Amanda
書名 Temporary spaces: Reflections on dislocation, writing and community
國際標準書號 9780542526824
book jacket
說明 258 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-01, Section: A, page: 0184
Adviser: Roni Natov
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Union Institute and University, 2006
Temporary Spaces: Reflections on Dislocation, Writing & Community is an autoethnographic study consisting of personal interviews with eight individuals who are or have been "homeless writers" in different locations across the United States. All eight interviewees self-identified as being homeless or having been homeless at one point in their lives. In addition, all participants showed evidence of writing or having written as a regular practice, although this study did not require participants to self-identify specifically as writers. These interviews, along with Gardner's experience leading a creative writing workshop for nine years, formed the basis of a book-length piece of creative nonfiction which explored the human struggle related to place/s and space/s. Gardner was particularly interested in exploring the concept of dislocation and the marginalized places inhabited by people who are marginalized. In this project, place/s and space/s referred both to literal places (homeless shelters, libraries, tunnels) and figurative spaces related to the psychological terrain of dislocation, marginality and visibility. Through the interviews, Gardner attempted to understand the place writing played in these individuals' lives. Also, by using her own writing, Gardner addressed the role writing plays in her own life. In the end, Gardner placed her discussion of homeless people and homeless writers within a context of belonging: the context of belonging to a nation, to a society, to a geographical community, to a community of homeless people, a community of homed and homeless people and a community of writers. The creative piece was accompanied by a contextual essay comprising the traditional dissertation components of literature review, methodology, findings, discussion/summary and bibliography
School code: 1414
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-01A
主題 Literature, American
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Alt Author Union Institute and University
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