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Sleeping with the enemy : creative writing and theory in the academy

Atherton, Cassandra 2010, Sleeping with the enemy : creative writing and theory in the academy, in AAWP 2010 : The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers : the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010, The Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-10.

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Title Sleeping with the enemy : creative writing and theory in the academy
Author(s) Atherton, Cassandra
Conference name The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs conference (15th : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, VIC
Conference dates 25-27 Nov. 2010
Title of proceedings AAWP 2010 : The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers : the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010
Editor(s) Cole, Catherine
Freiman, Marcelle
Brien, Donna Lee
Publication date 2010
Conference series Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher The Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary This paper will contend that as literary studies elevates creative writing to the highest level, by studying and analysing creative texts; creative writing is similarly enhanced when it is underpinned by theory. This flies in the face of the view that theory has no relevance to the needs of contemporary writers. This paper will examine the way in which theoretical insights and their applications are essential to the creative writing process and propose that without theory, creative writing classes might be at risk of constantly going over the same ground, with no way of being elevated to the next level.
Without the study of literary theory in creative writing, writers are in danger of producing imitations of acclaimed literature. Similarly, without studying creativity in literary studies, writers are at risk of imitating the language of French theorists in translation and failing to harness imaginative ways to create new ideas and theories. This paper encourages new ways of thinking about the union of literary studies and creative writing by focusing on theories and poetry of the sublime. This can assist creative and analytical writers with the anxiety of the blank page and the problem of the ineffable, through an examination of the role of imagination and reason in this process. Creative writing and theory should be studied simultaneously; they invigorate one another and this paper focuses on this important reciprocal relationship.
ISBN 9780980757330
Language eng
Field of Research 200515 Other European Literature
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2010 , The Australasian Association of Writing Programs
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