Title

Fictional Characters in Narrative Research Writing

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

A Companion to Research in Education

First Page

549

Last Page

553

DOI

10.1007/978-94-007-6809-3_71

Abstract

My doctoral dissertation explored different approaches that narrative researchers take when restorying, or retelling, the personal narratives shared by the participants in their research studies. I explored one of these approaches – restorying through character – with graduate students in a narrative inquiry course. The students experimented with using fictional characters to re-present both their experiences and ideas encountered in course readings. My vignette re-presents some of these students’ writing experiences in a fictional dialogue. The dialogue is written to both demonstrate – and experience firsthand – some challenges and benefits of re-presenting storied data through texts driven by fictional characters.

Share

COinS