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Fiction as Research Practice

Short Stories, Novellas, and Novels, 1st Edition

By Patricia Leavy


316 pages

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The turn to fiction as a social research practice is a natural extension of what many researchers and writers have long been doing. Patricia Leavy, a widely published qualitative researcher and a novelist, explores the overlaps and intersections between these two ways of understanding and describing human experience. She demonstrates the validity of literary experimentation to the qualitative researcher and how to incorporate these practices into research projects. Five short stories and excerpts from novellas and novels show these methods in action. This book is an essential methodological introduction for those interested in studying or practicing arts-based research.


"Fiction as Research Practice: Short Stories, Novellas, and Novels serves as a great introduction to fiction-based research. Leavy does a great job of explaining how the emergent research method of fiction-based research can be conducted, evaluated, and used."

Frances Kalu, Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 62.1, Spring 2016

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Developing Qualitative Inquiry

Books in the Developing Qualitative Inquiry series, written by leaders in qualitative inquiry, address important topics in qualitative methods. Targeted to a broad multi-disciplinary readership, the books are inteded for mid-level to advanced researchers and advanced students. The series forwards the field of qualitative inquiry by describing new methods or developing particular aspects of established methods.

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