My dysphoria blues: Or why I cannot write an autoethnography

O'Shea, Saoirse (2019) My dysphoria blues: Or why I cannot write an autoethnography. Management Learning, 50 (1). pp. 38-49. ISSN 1350-5076

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In this essay, I would like to ask if we are concerned with writing about difference or writing differently. I attempt to present an account of my on-going experience of dysphoria and consider how I write about that experience. I reveal how my writing has no epiphany, is repetitive and in its characterless depiction of others is a two-dimensional, monologue that fails the conventions of an evocative autoethnographic account. My writing is ‘bad writing’ but what should become of it? Does a concern with style, whether or not over content, based on taste preclude some stories and different ways of writing? Should I be excluded from academe and silenced, or can room be found for a tasteless account like mine? I end my essay by provocatively owning the label of bad writing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Memory and forgetting, repetition and similitude, transgender and transsexuality, writing differently and bad writing
Subjects: Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 08:11
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:00

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