Confessions: Confounding Narrative and Ethics
Editor: Eleanor Milligan and Emma Woodley
Date Of Publication: Apr 2010
This edited collection draws on a range of disciplines in exploring the central place of narrative in social inquiry and understanding the ethical life. It provides scholarly and practical insights into the rewards and potential pitfalls of working in, and with narrative. It offers readers a broad range of carefully considered examples; the use of art in enhancing insight into the plights of rural communities in Australia; the use of illness narratives in medical education; applying narratives of torture survivors and torturers in shaping humane political response and policy in the face of terrorism, and the place of the music, as a vehicle of story telling and moral growth. This volume illuminates the explicit links between the importance of narrative, that is, the telling of stories to create shape and meaning in our lives, and ethical engagement so critical to the achievement of a good life.
Eleanor Milligan is a Clinical Ethicist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics at Griffith University School of Medicine. She brings a broad multidisciplinary background in bioscience, education and philosophy to these roles. Some recent publications include “Creative, Expressive Encounters in Health Ethics Education: Teaching Ethics as Relational Engagement” (E. Milligan and E. J. Woodley) in Teaching and Learning in Medicine, volume 21, Issue 2 (2009) and “The Ethics of Prenatal and Genetic Screening” (E. Milligan, edited by N. Sunderland, P. Isaacs, P. Graham and B. McKenna) in Towards Humane Technologies: Biotechnology, New Media and Ethics (Sense Publishers, 2008).
Emma Woodley has taught for many years in the School of Humanities and Human Services at QUT in the area of applied ethics and identity. She is also a Doctoral Candidate within the School. Her research explores perceptions of power and privilege and how these perceptions inform our frameworks of interpretation in negotiating our everyday lives. She uses feminist theory along with an engaged ethics approach to illuminate this work.
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From Border States in the Work of Tom Mac Intyre: A Paleo-Postmodern Perspective
''Catriona Ryan has more than achieved what she set out to do.She has emphatically presented Tom Mac Intyre as a writer with a distinctive voice who not only provides a crucial link in the chain that goes back through Kavanagh to Yeats, but as a bridging figure, a transgressive author whose reflections on the Irish literary scene, and on writing more generally, have much to tell us about the ways in which constrictive critical currents can cut off living literary streams. It is clear from Catriona Ryan's painstaking excavation that Mac Intyre has been wrongly neglected. Her thoughtful and perceptive critical intervention will remedy that wrong.''
- Willy Maley, Litteraria Pragensia, 22:44 (2013), 131-134, p. 134.
“This is a critically independent piece of work that very much constructs and defines its own project, and maps an intellectual terrain of its own. It is an impressively original and also critically self-assured piece. It is marked by a sense of intellectual brio and also by the excitement of discovery.”
– Dr Steven Vine, Swansea University
“Since Tom Mac Intyre is a writer and dramatist who has received very little critical attention, this work intervenes in an under-researched area and offers an innovative and valuable extension of the frontier of knowledge in the field of Irish literary and dramatic studies.”
– Dr Aidan Arrowsmith, Manchester Metropolitan University