Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Making sense: A study of the dialogical nature of consciousness in creative writing
by Copeland, Christopher Thomas, M.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 2008, 123; 1454323
Abstract (Summary)

The present study investigated the dynamics of a single participant's various I-positions (Bakhtin, 1930) using Stephenson's (1985) Q method, analysis of variance, factor analysis, and qualitative assessment of the participant's creative writing. Once a day for 28 days, the participant ranked a randomly generated 18-adjective concourse for her rational I, her emotional me, and the names of five fictional characters that she made up. At the end of each 7 day period, the participant wrote a short story involving the five characters. Quantitative results supported William James' (1890) theory that people often conceptualize themselves as being composed of an I and a me. The results also supported Mikhail Bakhtin's theory that the self is composed of several dynamic I-positions. Factor analysis results were used to provoke creativity via rumination in the participant. Analysis of variance and factor analysis results provided insight and clarified qualitative assessment of the short stories.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Knight, Mike
Commitee: Mayfield, Sandra, Rupp, Gabriel
School: University of Central Oklahoma
Department: Education & Professional studies
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: MAI 47/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social psychology, Psychology, Experiments, Personality
Keywords: Creative writing, Dialogic, Q method, Qualitative analysis, Rumination, Self-talk
Publication Number: 1454323
ISBN: 9780549659716