Poetic Inquiry as a Responsive Methodology of Research

By Nilofar Shidmehr.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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This paper conceptualizes an arts-based qualitative methodology of research called poetic inquiry as a responsive ‎methodology of research. It showcases poetic inquiry as a multifaceted way of knowing-expressing and features both ‎narrative-discursive and lyrical-performative modes of inquiry in one figurative play of research. The narrative-discursive part is the ‎customary form of research in the humanities and social sciences with the academic research community as its audience; the lyrical-‎performative part, or poetry, appears as a chorus and responds to the enactment of the research narrative. Since the act of inquiry ‎involves both the self and the other and is facilitated through language, the performance of responsiveness is directed towards the ‎construction of the self and the other by the researcher through the rhetorical operations of language. As a result of the researcher’s ‎appearance as a poet in the play of research, a dynamic dialogue becomes activated between the lyrical and the discursive modes of ‎research, turning the play of research into a spectacle or event of inquiry. This paper draws from Michael Bakhtin’s and Emmanuel ‎Levinas’s concepts of ethical responsiveness to form the concept of lyrical responsiveness as the act proper to the chorus of inquiry.

Keywords: Poetic Inquiry, Research, Responsiveness, Dramatic Chorus

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 26, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 442.071KB)).

Dr. Nilofar Shidmehr

Ph.D Candidate, Center for Cross Faculty Inquiry, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada