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October 19, 2015

Dr. Suzanne Enck's Latest Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Suzanne Enck for her latest publication entitled "The Literacy of Pain: Narrating Identities in the Face of Death" in the Fall 2015 edition of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. This article is co-authored with Hailey Dresher, an alum of our grad program (2012) who is getting her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas right now.

Here's a little more about this publication: Following H. L. Goodall Jr.'s call to employ narrative ethnography to help reestablish "the centrality of personal experience and identity in the social construction of knowledge," this essay examines one scholar's efforts to identify with her student, Anna, during her battle with terminal Ewing's Sarcoma. Using performative writing and the lenses of literary devices and relief humor, we seek mechanisms for grappling with the complexities of life and death: labeling devices and tropes, using what we know to figure out what we do not know, and thinking critically and reflexively.