1st Edition

Departing Radically in Academic Writing Alternative Approaches to Writing and Methods in Qualitative Research

Edited By Elizabeth Mackinlay, Karen Madden Copyright 2024
    250 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Departing Radically in Academic Writing (DRAW) seeks to show qualitative researchers that there are ways to embrace creatively alternative approaches to writing, whilst fulfilling the demands of an academic tenure system.

    Putting forward playful, arts-based and creative writing/fiction approaches to writing up research, the contributions in this book demonstrate how theorisation can happen in different ways, particularly, for younger career scholars struggling with their thesis submissions. Some of the contributions in the book come from those who have successfully defended a "DRAWn" thesis. Whilst this is not a handbook or "how to", it does show DRAW and radical departure work can work in practice without disadvantaging the researcher. Each chapter includes Author's Notes on the chapter and Radical Writing Prompts to stimulate creative thinking.

    Drawing on the work of Sara Ahmed, Ruth Behar, bell hooks, Helene Cixous, Virginia Woolf, Laurel Richardson and other literary and creative feminist, qualitative thinkers, Departing Radically in Academic Writing will appeal to graduate students and researchers in Education, the social sciences and humanities who are interested to advance critical thinking through radically departured work.

    1. The Beginning of DRAW: Letters of Introduction
    Elizabeth Mackinlay and Karen Madden

    2. Crystallising the Everyday Emotional Work of Women Working in Childcare during COVID-19
    Emma Cooke, Laetitia Coles, Karen Thorpe, and Sandy Houen

    3. How to do DRAW by Me the DRAWer
    Mel Green

    4. DRAWing: A Different Way of Researching, Writing, and Storying
    Elizabeth Allotta

    5. What do you Hear When I Write the Word Garden?
    Renée Mickelburgh

    6. DRAWing Words from the Earth: Poetic Compos(t)ing
    Rebecca Ream

    7. The Most Magnificent Thesis
    Mel Green

    8. Chasing Rainbows: An Autoethnography of Writing Between the Words
    Donna F. Henson

    9. Following an Unconventional Writing Path
    Dewi Andriani

    10. Following the Line of Flight
    Muhammad Ali Musofer

    11. DRAWing Masculinity: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Be(com)ing a Man
    Aaron Teo

    12. Speaking of Movement: Podcasts as Departing Radically in Academic Writing
    James Salvo

    13. B is for Broken Hearted
    Elizabeth Mackinlay

    14. Mixing and Mingling towards Academic Writing: Rhythm, Words, Music
    Eloise Doherty

    15. An Alchemist in the Landscape: Visualising Illness-pandemics through Erasure
    Dawne Fahey

    16. Feminist Leader Begins to DRAW: A Diary of Methodology
    Karen Madden

    17. It Really is a Gender Thing, for Me
    Nicola Apps

    18. Dream, I Tell You: A Final Word
    Elizabeth Mackinlay and Karen Madden


    Elizabeth Mackinlay is Professor and Director of Higher Degree Research in the Faculty of Education, South Cross University, Australia.

    Karen Madden is a PhD candidate, University of Queensland, Australia.