Staring At The Park: A Poetic Autoethnographic Inquiry by Jane SpeedyStaring At The Park: A Poetic Autoethnographic Inquiry by Jane Speedy

Staring At The Park: A Poetic Autoethnographic Inquiry

byJane SpeedyForeword byKen Gale, Jonathan Wyatt

Hardcover | May 15, 2015

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Winner of the 2016 ICQI Outstanding Qualitative Book Award

Acclaimed qualitative scholar Jane Speedy's world was upended completely after suffering a severe stroke when only in her late 50s. After returning home from the hospital, Speedy took to her iPad to write and draw as a way of making sense of her experience and to aid her recovery. The stunning, fragmented, poetic text and images comprising Staring at the Park depict the events of this difficult journey. It provides an alternative model of engaging the self in a research project in an evocative and artistic way. This highly original book: -uses the seemingly ordinary motif of the park opposite the author's house as the catalyst for a wildly creative autoethnography;-includes three narratives of the author's experience of staring at the park'an imagined murder mystery in the park, a realist ethnography of the park, and the life story (both imagined and real) of her facing her illness and recovery; -offers readers a poetic and performative inquiry into the author's new reality.

Prolific scholar Jane Speedy maintains an international reputation for developing innovative interdisciplinary qualitative research methodologies. Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol, she teaches narrative inquiry and other research methods at the intersection of arts and social sciences....
Title:Staring At The Park: A Poetic Autoethnographic InquiryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.5 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: How and why I wrote this book Chapter 2: First plateau: I wrote this book three times Chapter 3: Second plateau: A process of writing developed eventually or at least a method of Chapter 4: Third plateau: We rattle through wrought iron gates Chapter 5: Fourth plateau: Early morning silence Chapter 5: Fifth plateau: Park-haiku winged Chapter 6: Sixth plateau: Epilogue/solitude is what I live with a constant lack of Notes References About the Author

Editorial Reviews

"We invite you to take flight on Jane's beautiful, ruptured, suturing words, across the landscape of her stroke and its aftermath." --Ken Gale, Plymouth University, and Jonathan Wyatt, University of Edinburgh "...A beautiful, unique, and courageous book written with passion, eloquence, and wisdom. Professor Speedy provides a precious exemplar of the use of poetic and aesthetic modes of inquiry in drawing sense and coherence out of the chaos that interruptions in the course of one's life can impose."... --Arthur P. Bochner, University of South Florida "[This book] encourages us to focus, watch, and stare in order to curb the hustle of everyday life and attend to the mundane objects and relationships that surround us; a text infused with passion and insight, homage and gratitude." --Tony E. Adams, Forum: Qualitative Social Research