Monday, November 12, 2012

On narratives

Today I read Donna E. Alvermann's Narrative Approaches here. It made me wonder why we tend to focus on the negatives so much when talking about narrative inquiry. When I read my prospectus I realize that I have done the same thing I see in almost all academic articles/chapters on narrative inquiry. It's just that the limitations of narrative inquiry come so easily to me. I find it quite fascinating and I cannot explain why. Are we subconsciously responding to the voices of others? Is it our training? Is it just a matter of frequent exposure to that kind of articles? I am not sure. Why do you think?
I think it's going to be quite a challenge to focus on the strengths of narrative inquiry when I write my methodology section. So I dare myself to mention only two or three limitations of narrative inquiry and address them in two pages (I wonder if my committee members would think I didn't do my homework). Anyway, I will let you know how it goes ^_^

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