Two hours or more away from most things: Re:writing identities from no fixed address

James Haywood Rolling, Lace Marie Brogden

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How do we construe and re:construe the (archi)textures of (written) life? What is belonging when identities are temporal and where naming remains elusive or unknown? This article plays writing collaborative writing, deconstructing textual hierarchies between the "main" text body and footnoted text as a means of interrogating ways identities are written/performed. It is inspired by correspondences between the authors, generated in relation to three previous works published in Qualitative Inquiry, James Haywood Rolling, Jr.'s "Messing Around with Identity Constructs: Pursuing a Poststructuralist and Poetic Aesthetic," "Searching Self-image: Identities to be Self-evident," and Lace Marie Brogden's "Not Quite Acceptable: Re:Reading my Father in Qualitative Inquiry." We share correspondences between academics, using spaces created in writing "between friends" while constantly becoming through the re:writing of our identities from no fixed address.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1154
Number of pages16
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Auto/biography
  • Identity
  • Naming
  • Subjectivities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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