Performative embodiment and unravelling grandparent-grandchild relationships
This paper seeks to intertwine women’s embodied experiences of wartime, dancing and chronic illness. The author introduces “Granny” through the unravelling rhythms of grandparent-grandchild relationships. Through narrative poems, the author shares Granny’s dramatic stories of World War Two. Bodies are socially and historically located which therefore illuminates the ways in which her past is sedimented into her body and provides an understanding into the multi-layered ways her wartime, her performing bodily experiences and asthma encompass the past, the present and the anticipated future. The author reflects on the how some of these stories echo the breathless battle weary heroes referred to by Homer in the Illiad which is where asthma can be traced back to.
Citation : Owton, H. (2014) Performative embodiment and unravelling grandparent-grandchild relationships. Qualitative Inquiry (in press).
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