An Adaptation of Life: Ethnographically Grounded Fiction as a Method of Inquiry into Personal Accounts of Traumatic Events

  • Ester T. RouraEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)


This chapter relays traumatic events undergone by survivors of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. They have been re-storied into an ethnographically grounded work of fiction, drawing on collaboration with these protagonists. The work takes the form of a Web-based dialogued stream, subdivided into 33 vignettes, allowing for random access and using reverse chronology—in order to mimic not only the flows and whims of memory but also those of the Internet. While making a case for arts-based research as a valid method of inquiry, it argues that both processes (i.e. storying from lived experience and re-storying from autobiographical accounts for research purposes) constitute balancing acts between figuration and disfiguration that attempt to bridge the gap between sensuous experience and interpretation.


Adaptation Arts-based method Autobiography Embodiment Ethnography Grounded fiction Inquiry Interpretation Memory Social media Storying Sensuous experience Re-storying Trauma Terrorism Paris Process 


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  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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