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Serendipity has become a ‘sine qua non of archival research’ (Tamboukou 151), but it isless clear how it might be cultivated – or even whether such a pursuit is worthwhile. NewcastleUniversity’s 2015 masterclass on the place of the archive within children’s literature researchoffered the opportunity to explore the role of serendipity from several perspectives, exposing boththe possibilities and the limitations of serendipity in the archive. Paradoxically, serendipity isbest fostered by sustained scholarly enquiry, but it also depends on a willingness to move beyonda focus on specific outcomes. This raises questions about the future of serendipitous research inan academic world which allows increasingly little time for exploratory research and about theimpact of new technologies.
Author(s): Kidd K, Pearson L, Pyke S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Research in Children's Literature
Online publication date: 01/11/2016
Acceptance date: 22/08/2016
Date deposited: 15/11/2016
ISSN (print): 1755-6198
ISSN (electronic): 1755-6201
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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