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Performative embodiment and unravelling grandparent-grandchild relationships

Owton, Helen (2015). Performative embodiment and unravelling grandparent-grandchild relationships. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(5) pp. 426–435.

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This article seeks to intertwine women’s embodied experiences of wartime, dancing, and chronic illness. The author introduces “Granny” through the unraveling rhythms of grandparent–grandchild relationships. Through narrative poems, the author shares Granny’s dramatic stories of World War II. Bodies are socially and historically located, which therefore illuminates the ways in which her past is sedimented into her body and provides an understanding into the multi-layered ways her wartime, her performing bodily experiences, and asthma, encompass the past, the present, and the anticipated future. The author reflects on how some of these stories echo the breathless battle weary heroes referred to by Homer in the Illiad, which is where asthma can be traced back to.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author
ISSN: 1552-7565
Keywords: asthma; women’s embodiment; World War II; dancing; chronic illness; narratives
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 42685
Depositing User: Helen Owton
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 06:03
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