But First, a Love Affair with Words

  • Elizabeth Mackinlay


My love affair with words and writing began with a library of books, a Merriam Webster Dictionary and a daily ritual of crosswords. In this chapter I share the magick and power words hold for writing the world in a kind, loving and ethical way. Being-in-relation with others has always been central to my fascination with words. Further, finding and making meaning with, from and through words so as to embody the material and affective dimensions of our lived experiences in the world, has become an ethico-onto-epistemological necessity for me in writing critical autoethnography.


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  • Elizabeth Mackinlay
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  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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