This article uses personal narrative and embodied experiences as autoethnographic strategies to explore the grief of losing a companion animal. It draws on my experiences as a disabled academic who continues to teach and navigate the terrain of writing. Losing my dog, Flake, has left me unable to voice the trauma. Throughout, I draw on various scholars’ interpretations of writing, loss, trauma, and nonhuman relationships, and emerge with a tribute to our significant relationships to others: friends, students, nonhuman animals.
Narrative Reflections on Losing a Companion Animal: In Memory of Flake
Shahd Alshammari is assistant professor of literature at Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait. She has published articles on disability studies, illness narratives, and women’s representation in television and literature. Her latest work is Notes on the Flesh (2017). email: Alshammari.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Shahd Alshammari; Narrative Reflections on Losing a Companion Animal: In Memory of Flake. Journal of Autoethnography 21 September 2020; 1 (4): 378–387. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2020.1.4.378
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