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“In taking up the topic of ethics and narrative inquiry, The Narrative Study of Lives rightfully establishes itself as the site where the most critical theoretical, methodological, and interpretive work on narrative in the human disciplines is now occurring. The editor and the contributors to this volume are to be thanked for their deeply probing, forward-looking analyses of the ethical problems that arise when researchers produce narratives about persons with whom close personal relationships have been formed.” --Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “All of us who work with life-history narratives are grateful to Dr. Josselson and her colleagues for moving us step-by-step toward a discipline with definable ethics and methodology, and at the same time holding up for us the incredible diversity of ...

On Writing Other People's Lives: Self-Analytic Reflections of a Narrative Researcher
On writing other people's lives: Self-analytic reflections of a narrative researcher
RuthellenJosselson

All action and all love are haunted by the expectation of an account which will transform them into their truth.

—Merleau-Ponty (1964)

In the fourth act of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Dogberry, the illiterate constable, is insulted by one of Don John's men who tells him bluntly, “Away! You are an ass, you are an ass.” In response, Dogberry declares plaintively and fervently, “Oh, that he [the scribe] were here to write me down an ass! … Oh, that I had been writ down an ass.” With this longing, Act IV ends.

We might wonder why, if Dogberry has been so grievously insulted, he would wish ...

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