My Father’s Ghost: A Story of Encounter and Transcendence

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Christopher N. Poulos, Associate Professor & Department Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This autoethnography is about my personal search for my father, who was an early presence in my life, but who gradually became a palpable absence. In many ways, I have been searching for my father all my life, and somehow hoping to rekindle a relationship that I have experienced mostly as something I lost early. As my search progressed across a span of more than fifty years, I found my father in the one place I least expected. In this article, I begin to write my father in a new light, one that offers insights into his legacy for me, and for my sons. In the end, I hope to write our lives in a way that captures just a bit of the spirit of my spirited father.

Additional Information

Qualitative Inquiry, 20(8), 1005-1014
Language: English
Date: 2014
autoethnography, family, fathers, memory, sons

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