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Leaning : a poetics of personal relations

Author: Ronald J Pelias
Publisher: Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, ©2011.
Series: Writing lives--ethnographic narratives.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ronald J Pelias explores leaning as a metaphor for analyzing interpersonal interaction. Bodies leaning toward one another are engaged, developing the potential for long-lasting, meaningful relationships. But this ideal is not often realized. Pelias makes use of a wide variety of tools such as personal narrative, autoethnography, poetic inquiry and performative writing in his exploration of the physical space of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald J Pelias
ISBN: 9781598746402 1598746405 9781598746419 1598746413
OCLC Number: 687676504
Description: 239 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface : leaning into a beginning --
part 1: Languaging relationships. Some substantiated and unsubstantiated claims for communication --
Relational language : a poetic sense-making --
Struggling for speech --
Relational associations --
Stephen Dunn and the poetics of living --
part 2: Listening to myself and others. Self-portrait : standing on a nail --
Reading Barthes as a lover --
Walking and writing with Laurel Richardson : a story in poems --
Three tales of understanding --
part 3: Watching men. Making my masculine body behave --
Jarheads, girly men, and the pleasures of violence --
A personal history of lust on Bourbon Street --
part 4: Holding friends and lovers. The pull and push of friendship --
Evidence of love --
Relational development and deterioration : some more of the story --
Holding Mimi --
part 5: Carrying family. Family lessons --
Stories we do and do not tell --
Remains --
Loss --
Afterword : leaning toward a way of being.
Series Title: Writing lives--ethnographic narratives.
Responsibility: Ronald J. Pelias.

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Explore with Ronald Pelias the physical space between people, and learn the metaphorical importance of leaning, in this personal, performative narrative about relationships.  Read more...

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"...Reading Ron Pelias's autoethnographic poems, stories, and essays, I feel as though I have been invited to sit down on a comfortable couch, by a crackling fire, wine in hand, with a good friend. Read more...

 
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