Book chapter abstract

Writing Water : An Untimely Academic Novella


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Publication Details

Subtitle: An Untimely Academic Novella

Author list: Livholts, Mona

Publisher: Ashgate

Place: Farnham, UK

Publication year: 2013

Book title (if part of a book): Documents of Life Revisited : Narrative & Biographical Methods for a 21st Century Critical Humanism

Start page: 177

End page: 192

Number of pages: 16

ISBN: 978-1-4094-4289-9;9781409442899


Research Outline

This chapter constitute the third untimely academic novella in a trilogy of biographical narratives about a woman’s life, writing and desire to obtain a professor’s chair in the beginning of the twenty-first century, in Sweden. The diversity of forms used in creating as set of interwoven stories is inspired by poststructuralist and postcolonial feminist theory and literary fiction and by writing methodologies such as diary writing, memory work and poetic writing. The novella engages in some of the key aspects of Plummer’s ideas about a critical humanism with emphasis on the contribution from the fictional novella to explore complex relations of power. Writing water a story about resistance that shows how family, society and academia interact in the making of knowledge.

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  • To explore how family, society and science interact in the making of knowledge
  • To develop a complex notion of power and resistance by using a variety of different writing styles such as poetry, diary, memory work
  • To contribute to the critical study of intersecting relations of power by including time and space
  • To formulate a critique toward established mainstream disciplinary boundaries and the exclusion of a critical humanism in social work/social science
  • To employ reflexivity through a textual and visual methodological design
  • To awaken the readers senses and emotions, to ‘touch’ the reader and create engagement with research ethics for change


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