Creative Writing and the New Humanities

Creative Writing and the New Humanities

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This book examines the institutional history and disciplinary future of creative writing in the contemporary academy, looking well beyond the perennial questions 'can writing be taught?' and 'should writing be taught?'. Paul Dawson traces the emergence of creative writing alongside the new criticism in American universities; examines the writing workshop in relation to theories of creativity and literary criticism; and analyzes the evolution of creative writing pedagogy alongside and in response to the rise of 'theory' in America, England and Australia. Dawson argues that the discipline of creative writing developed as a series of pedagogic responses to the long-standing 'crisis' in literary studies. His polemical account provides a fresh perspective on the importance of creative writing to the emergence of the 'new humanities' and makes a major contribution to current debates about the role of the writer as public intellectual.reinforcing the doctrine that apprentice writers ought to write only from their own experience, and does not really move us ... remains that Creative Writing offers students more personal freedom and practical skills than an essay-based Literary anbsp;...

Title:Creative Writing and the New Humanities
Author:Paul Dawson
Publisher:Psychology Press - 2005


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