Reflexivity and aesthetic inquiry: Building dialogues between the arts and literacy

Mary Ryan*

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Reflection can form the basis for powerful dialogue between the arts and literacy as we seek interpretive and expressive fluency across modes. Through deep, cumulative reflection we make aspects of our world and experiences more perceivable, and open them up for artistic expression and aesthetic inquiry. Such reflections are also the catalysts for self-awareness and identity-building. Theories of reflexivity offer a useful lens with which to understand our relationship with the world and the people, texts and things within it. The reflexive process can prompt us to challenge our understandings and change our representations of self and others through text. This paper offers a discussion of reflexivity and the ways in which it can be expressed and performed in discursive and non-discursive ways to develop literacies through and in the arts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-18
Number of pages14
JournalEnglish Teaching
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aesthetic inquiry
  • Arts literacy
  • Reflective learning
  • Reflexivity


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