"DEAR NARRATOR:" THE UNTOLD STORY OF A MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER

  • John A. Kayser Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

Abstract

The communication between narrative author and manuscript reviewer is itself a story but one which usually remains hidden and untold. As the initial representative of theintended audience of the author's narrative, the reviewer's comments and critique often shape the author's original account, helping in the transformation of a life-story from private experience into public narrative. Because we never have direct access to the experience of others, the reviewer's work (ideally) helps to bridge the gap between the primacy of the author's immediate, authentic, lived experience and the meaning-making work of future readers who will look to the narrative for moral lessons to apply to their own lives. However, a profound challenge to this transformative work may occur when differences in life experience, gender, race/ethnicity, and culture exist between author and reviewer. This article provides one example of this usually hidden work.Copyright of Reflections:Narratives of Professional Helping is the property of Cleveland StateUniversity and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites orposted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission.However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use.

Author Biography

John A. Kayser, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
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