The article explores a creative-artistic approach rooted in autoethnography, using satire and literary tropes from science fiction and fantasy. Edited excerpts from a completed PhD autoethno-satiric novel called The Doom of Clowns are used to illustrate the theoretical and ethical development of this narrative style. The advantages of employing science fiction and satire are demonstrated through the otherworldly narrative distance and ambiguity these genres allow.
Autoethnography for Extraterrestrials
Russell Heywood is an independent scholar, currently convening the monthly meetings of the Autoethnography Group, which usually take place at Brighton or Sussex University. He has worked in community groups, taught English in various countries, and been a holistic facilitator. For many years he lived outside the UK in alternative and spiritual communities. Returning to mainstream education and society was a process of subversively fitting into whatever box he was assigned. Parts of the creative section were presented at the 2018 Bristol UK, Autoethnography conference. Email: Russellheywood@Yahoo.co.uk
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Russell G. Heywood; Autoethnography for Extraterrestrials. Journal of Autoethnography 11 May 2020; 1 (2): 175–185. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2020.1.2.175
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