A Methodology of the Heart: Evoking Academic and Daily Life

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Rowman Altamira, 2004 - Education - 173 pages
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Education without ethics, without sentiments, without heart, is simply soulless, factual academics and nothing more. In his array of authentic essays, Ronald J. Pelias poetically evokes the spiritual aspects of life in a seemingly dispassionate field the academy. A Methodology of the Heart presents a procession of situational compositions confronting matters such as family relationships, student/teacher communications, and general life at the university. In his comical yet candid book, Pelias depicts the emotional battle for understanding and honesty within the conventional boundaries of higher education. It introduces such subjects as autoethnography, autobiography, personal narratives, memoir, creative non-fiction, and performative writing. It is absolutely a crucial addition to all book collectors with autoethnographic or communication interests as well as to the general reader attracted to daily life and higher education."
 

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Contents

The Hearts Introduction
1
A Personal Ecology
16
The Body s Complaint
23
Speech and the Body s Presence
28
Mirror Mirror
39
Remembering Vietnam
46
For Father and Son An Ethnodrama with No Catharsis
60
The Poets Self Making Someone
71
The Academic An Ethnographic Case Study
103
The Critical Life
111
Playing the Field
122
Making Lists Life at the University
130
The Academic Tourist A Critical Autoethnography
146
Schooling in Classroom Politics
151
What the Heart Learns
162
About the Author
173

Dialogues of Friends and Lovers A Poetic Analysis
80
Always Dying Living between Da and Fort
94

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Ronald J. Pelias is a professor of speech communication at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of Writing Performance: Poeticizing the Researcher's Body and Performance Studies: The Interpretation of Aesthetic Texts.

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