1st Edition

Arts-Based Research Methods in Writing Studies A Primer

By Kate Hanzalik Copyright 2021
    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    As the arts become an increasingly popular pedagogical tool in writing studies, Arts-Based Research Methods in Writing Studies offers scholars and educators in the field ways to leverage the arts for their own scholarship through the practice of arts-based research (ABR). 

    Tailored to the needs of writing studies scholars, this concise guide presents ways of exploring and addressing unresolved research questions from the past as well as new, pressing questions that are emerging in light of increasingly fraught and complicated current contexts. It explores motives and methods for taking up ABR, sheds light on the processes of representing research and the ethical imperative of methodological disclosure, and looks critically at the complexities of fully realizing ABR in writing studies while offering some pedagogical applications. Connecting theory to practice, this book also performs ABR through a co-created mixed-media text about the everyday and extraordinary stories woven into the fabric of new American artists’ composing processes. 

    Arts-Based Research Methods in Writing Studies lends itself to insight that is at once personal for writing studies researchers, useful for research communities, and a catalyst for social change beyond institutional walls; as such, it will be an important resource for scholars, educators, and graduate students in writing studies and those interested in multimodal, multilingual, and translingual learning; equitable pedagogies and administrative practices; online writing instruction; transnational literacies; research methods; community-based research; and disability studies in composition. 

    Introduction: The Allure of Arts-Based Research Methods 

    1. Writing Studies Research and the Place of the Arts 

    2. Motivations and Methods for Arts-Based Research  

    3. Representing Research in Art Form 

    4. Methodological Disclosure in Arts-Based Research 

    5. A Promising Future for Arts-Based Research Methods in Writing Studies


    Kate Hanzalik is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition at Syracuse University, USA.