Otto, S. (April 2007). Beneath and beyond the truth: Studying literary narratives to research human phenomenon. International Journal of Research and Method in Education 30(1), pp. 73-87.
In this article Otto discusses using literature as data in qualitative research involving the human experience. Otto calls her approach “novel inqury”. She argues that novel inquiry is particularly important in educational research because it may show how individuals contextualize their educational experiences.
I find this idea particularly interesting if only because in EDUC 576 last semester, I referenced multiple young adult novels to illustrate points about how teachers, students, and society as a whole, view the concept of bullying.