Article

Picturing Validity: autoethnography and the representation of self?

Citation

Watson C (2009) Picturing Validity: autoethnography and the representation of self?. Qualitative Inquiry, 15 (3), pp. 526-544. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800408318426

Abstract
In considering issues of “representation” and “realism,” the visual is inevitably invoked, yet in the current Western episteme, the relationship between the visible and the readable constitutes an enduring problem in which the image is generally subordinate to the text. In this article, the author examines what would happen if the usual relationship between verbal and visual was overturned and images were used to analyze text. In doing this, the author draws on the concept of “reverse ekphrasis” in the creation of a “gallery of validity,” which constitutes an interpretive framework for her autoethnographic research. The author situates this work within an approach characterized as the baroque, arguing that this provides a useful metaphor for qualitative research in the current moment.

Keywords
autoethnography; baroque; ekphrasis; intermediality; pictorial; Ethnology Biographical methods

Journal
Qualitative Inquiry: Volume 15, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Publication date31/03/2009
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1577
PublisherSage
ISSN1077-8004