Bag-lady Storytelling: The Carrier-bag Theory of Fiction as Research Praxis

Part of the Curriculum Studies Worldwide book series (CSWW)


“Bag-lady Storytelling” is a performative methodology, a creative (re)twist of Ursula Le Guin’s “Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction” into a new materialist methodology. Using the figuration of Trudy, the chatty Times Square bag-lady character in the one-woman Broadway play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, the author conducts a feminist critique of traditional research methodologies and draws together theories of research that inform, instead, the practice of research as Bag-lady storytelling, a performative research praxis of gathering stories/ideas/theories and creating habitual nomadic research patterns. Such a praxis requires a different logic, an attunement and attentiveness to what gets gathered up, used, shared; an attentiveness to which seeds should be saved for future reseeding, for future reworlding.


Methodology New materialism Praxis Bag-lady storytelling Research 


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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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