In this article, derived from the literature review chapter of her doctoral dissertation, the author presents a variation on what Prendergast (2006) calls found poetry as literature review. Her writing experiment is intended to reflect the dynamism of her “conversations” with the theoretical literature with which she engaged before and during the dissertation project: an intervention in the gender narratives of postgraduate student teachers. She does not, however, see theory as confined to academic literature and her conversations extend into poetry as well. In her conversations, the author engages with a wide range of texts in performance studies and feminist post-structural theory. She also converses with a variety of other texts.


Literature Review, Writing Experiment, Performance Studies, Gender, Found Poetry, Teaching

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Dorothy works as a teacher educator in drama at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. She is also course co-ordinator of the college’s MA in Education and the Arts (META). Dorothy worked for many years as a primary teacher and as a provider of continuing professional development for primary teachers. She recently completed her EdD at the University of Bristol (UK). Her dissertation is entitled: A performance-centred narrative inquiry into the gender narratives of postgraduate student teachers. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: dorothy.morrissey@mic.ul.ie.

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