This performative text is a study of relationships at multiple levels. I ask readers to (re)consider the desire and possibility for connection in various types of relationships—romantic and intertextual as well as relationships between mothers and children, mothers and others, readers and writers, presence and absence. In relating my experiences of single motherhood, I raise questions about the possibility for creative communication scholarship—performative writing in particular—to perform the relational work of connecting us to others with whom we do not share similar life experiences or situations.
A Lonely Discourse
Summer R. Cunningham is a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. An adaptation of the narrative sections of this essay was performed at the 2011 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender annual meeting, and in April 2012 at Loyola University in Chicago. An earlier version of this manuscript was presented at the 2012 National Communication Association annual convention, and is included in the author's dissertation, (defended November 2014). The author thanks Arthur Bochner, Stacy Holman Jones, and the anonymous reviewers for their insightful feedback. Correspondence to: Summer Cunningham, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS 1040, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Summer R. Cunningham; A Lonely Discourse. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2016; 5 (1): 8–22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.1.8
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