English 846: Narrative Inquiry — Course Texts

“That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
That in gold clasps locks in the golden story.”
          –William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Romeo and Juliet. Act i. Sc. 3

Course Readings

All course readings will be provided as linked documents.

Narrative Film

We will watch Tim Burton’s marvelous film, Big Fish, as a part of the course. You can rent this film from Amazon. Please plan to get access to the film for next week.

The film is based on an excellent book by Daniel Wallace:

Recommended Books

Although not required, we will read selections from the following books. These books are all useful to get if you are thinking about using Narrative Inquiry for your dissertation or other research projects:

Title: Narrative Inquiry : Experience and Story in Qualitative Research
Author: D. Jean Clandinin and F. Michael ConnellyYear: 2004
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0787972762

Title: The Things They Carried
Author: Tim O’Brien
Year: 1990
Publisher: Random House
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0767902890

Title: Living the Narrative Life: Stories as a Tool for Meaning Making
Author: Gian Pagnucci
Year: 2004
Publisher: Heinemann Boynton/Cook
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0325006237

Title: On Narrative Inquiry: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research
Authors: David Schaafsma and Ruth Vinz
Year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780807752036

Title: Narration as Knowledge: Tales of the Teaching Life
Author: Edited by Joseph F. Trimmer
Year: 1997
Publisher: Heinemann Boynton/Cook
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0867094362

Recommended Graphic Novels

The following graphic novels are also recommended, but not required, for students in this course:

Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen

Will Eisner’s New York: Life in the Big City

Collaboratively Chosen Course Novel

In previous semesters, I had students pick a novel to read together. However, I have learned from experience that this activity just doesn’t work very well in the abbreviated timeframe of IUP’s Early Summer Session, so we will not try this for Summer 2020. As much as I would love it, there just isn’t enough time. Still, you may still be interested in seeing some of the novels which students have chosen in past semesters. They are all terrific books well worth reading.

Past Course Novels

  • Habibi graphic novel by Craig Thompson (Class Choice: Summer 2017)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Class Choice: Fall 2017)
  • How to Be Good by Nick Hornby (Class Choice: Fall 2011)
  • Old School by Tobias Wolff (Class Choice: Summer I, 2007)
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Yann Martel (Class Choice: Fall 2006)
  • The Life of Pi (Class choice: Summer I, 2006)