In my previous post, I got incredibly excited discussing my plans to begin exploring the world of Bollywood! I discussed which films I planned to view and further note my understandings and experience as well as those from family and friends. In this blog, I will discuss my epiphanies, as discussed in ‘Ellis et al’s Autoethnography: An Overview’ as well as various other features of the Autoethnographic experience that can be found within my initial experience with Bollywood as well as looking into how my cultural framework has affected this experience. (more…)
In 2015 I visited Northern India and over the period of 3 weeks I fell in love with the culture, the people and the landscape. Indian culture is unlike anything I have experienced before, it’s bright and colourful and exciting!
During my time there I made a list of things I wanted to do and see, one of only two things I didn’t get to experience was a Bollywood film in an Indian cinema, something I had been incredibly excited about as in my day-to-day life I love movies and the experience of viewing them in a cinema. Bollywood films to me just seem so much larger than life! They’re dramatically at either end of the spectrum in all genres, so intense and exciting! I also am interested in how they tell stories, the way they film scenes, what style of music is used when and what they place importance on in a story. (more…)
I really don’t have any experience with autoethnography. My experience with university projects thus far has always had me looking from a critical point of view by further removing all of my emotions, ideas, essentially removing myself entirely from the task I was researching. I had this drilled into me through high school and it has only been through university that this idea of a ‘correct’ writing style was challenged.
The article written by Ellis et al. defines autoethnography as “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)” (Ellis. C et al, 2011). This method challenges prior techniques of research and writing as it “treats the research as a political, socially-just and socially-conscious act” (Ellis et al, 2011).
What I found interesting and important from the reading in regards to trying to understand how to write an autoethnography was the differences between autobiographies and autoethnographies. The reading by Ellis explains that an autobiography “should be aesthetic and evocative, engage readers, and use conventions of storytelling such as character, scene, and plot development and/or chronological or fragmented story progression” (Ellis. C et al, 2011)
An autoethnography which should have the purpose of creating a “thick description” of a culture. The purpose of this description is to help facilitate understanding of a culture for insiders and outsiders, and is created by (inductively) discerning patterns of cultural experience—repeated feelings, stories, and happenings—as evidenced by field notes, interviews, and/or artifacts.” (Ellis. C et al, 2011)
It’ll be interesting to explore the idea that writing with personal context isn’t exactly the wrong way to research and write, that it’s just different and maybe in that way it’ll open up my writing to a new audience. I think the main problem I will face is balance, balancing between personal input and critical research. My writing has always ever been strictly one or the other, e.g. high school assignments vs. my travel diary that I wrote in through my travels overseas.
This next task should be both interesting and challenging for me through my research and writing. My writing has been challenged since my first year of university so this should be fun!
Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. 2011 ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol.12, no.1, <http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095>.
Godzilla and I weren’t friends before this subject, not even acquaintances, if I’m being honest all I really knew about Godzilla was from a short trailer I’d seen for the American version and perhaps a spin off on a Simpsons episode, and I honestly didn’t have any interest in it. Infact I wouldn’t say I had watched many 50’s movies aside from Rebel Without a Cause (American) and Sleeping Beauty (American). I’m further ashamed to say I hadn’t really seen any Japanese movies nor any sort of anime so it’s safe to say that the viewing of Godzilla was an interesting, semi humorous, eye-opening experience. I loved it! (more…)