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Audacious Autoethnography: Epiphany as Method

posted on 14.03.2020, 04:56 authored by Karen
The term epiphany conjures up ideas of imagination, invention and discovery. This autoethnographic study contains five articles that incorporates vignettes from my life of unrelated, but interconnected experiences of sexual abuse, which profoundly affected me through moments of trauma but also epiphanous transformation. Writing audaciously about the violence and abuse during my life was an act of apostasy, as I chose to abandon any constraint I felt about remaining silent. I offer my stories as a body of evidence as to the value of storytelling, but also of epiphany. This process can be a model for future autoethnographic works.


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Principal supervisor

Jane Elizabeth Southcott

Additional supervisor 1

Penny Round

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Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Education