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Title: Losing the plot : an exploration into the processes of narrative inquiry through a detective fiction
Author: Reece, Jane
ISNI:       0000 0004 5918 035X
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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Narrative inquiry refers to a complex research approach that uses multiple methodologies, across multiple disciplines and in many different ways, to research phenomena. Taking Denzin's naming of postmodern detective writing as 'the superordinate discourse to which all other discourses should now be compared' (Denzin, 1997: 164), I explore how detective fiction might show the processes of doing narrative inquiry. The aim of the research is to explore the processes of narrative inquiry through detective fiction. In doing so, I use fiction as my research method to compose a detective fiction that mimics narrative inquiry in its processes. Its effectiveness is reliant upon reading through the metaphor of detective as researcher, conducting an investigation using processes that mirror those of narrative inquiry. The central section of the dissertation is a detective fiction Body in the Square, a novella in thirteen parts, through which the main character of Cowell, a police detective investigates a murder case. Body in the Square is followed by an analytical section. This is organised through the three dimensional lenses of narrative inquiry: temporality, relationality and place, suggested by Clandinin and Connelly (2000) as an approach to narrative inquiry. Through close analysis of the novella and to literatures informing narrative inquiry, I show how detective writing can show processes in narrative inquiry. In a final reflective section I assess the effectiveness of fiction in exploring narrative inquiry processes. I conclude that detective fiction offers the reader to experience the intensity, complexities and difficulties of narrative inquiry processes, in an accessible and engaging way.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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