Poetry as Research

Exploring second language poetry writing

David I. Hanauer | Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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Poetry as Research develops an approach that allows poetry writing to be used as a research method for exploring questions relating to second language learners and more broadly for studies within the humanities and social sciences. The book investigates the characteristics of poetry writing and situates poetry writing as a qualitative, arts-based, research process. The book utilizes computational linguistics, qualitative, bibliographic, and philosophical methods and investigates the process of writing poetry, the textual and literary characteristics of second language poetry, poetic identity and inquiry. The developed methodology is exemplified through a poetic inquiry of the study abroad experiences of ESL students. The book provides a comprehensive, informed and innovative approach to the investigation of understandings of personal experience. This book should be of interest to the fields of applied linguistics, stylistics, literary studies, creative writing and composition as well as anyone interested in using writing as a research method.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 9] 2010.  xiii, 164 pp.
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“Original, careful and conscientious, through empirically based arguments Hanauer's new book integrates and advances his own previous work and that of others on second language poetry writing as a process of discovery with educational value for students as well as a window for researchers onto students' felt experience of their learning, including a perceptive chapter on the study abroad experience. Like all the best research, by telling us much about a specific previously under-researched and under-considered area- second language poetry writing - Hanauer also convincingly broaches much larger questions too, to do with second language identities and writing as self-discovery, as well as new directions for qualitative research.

This is an important, readable and persuasive book for researchers, teachers and all those involved in second language teaching, creative writing, and international exchange programs in higher education.

“I highly recommend David Hanauer’s Poetry as Research to anyone interested in the various ways academic poetry writing might be used nowadays, especially in the writing of those who write in English as a second language. Hanauer keenly distinguishes the use of arts in research from the study of artistic processes in research, thereby clearly articulating the methodology he later employs and reports on in this groundbreaking study. I highly recommend Poetry as Research, then, for the intelligence of its design and the remarkable clarity of Hanauer’s writing.

“Elegantly written, convincingly argued, and interspersed with hauntingly beautiful and poignant poems written by his ESL students, Hanauer’s book draws attention to the unexplored potential of poetry writing in a second language classroom. He shows that poetry writing offers second language learners a unique opportunity to create meaningful identities in the new language, to reconnect with their emotional lives, and to confront the feelings of loneliness, alienation, and frustration with their linguistic struggles. Hanauer also highlights the advantages of auto-ethnographic poetry as a research method, a means of collection, presentation, and interpretation of data about the inner selves. Brimming with insights and ideas, this ground-breaking book addresses scholars across humanities and social sciences and holds a promise to make us all better teachers and better researchers.”
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