Disruption and resonance in the personal essay

Freeman, Robin and Le Rossignol, Karen 2015, Disruption and resonance in the personal essay, New writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 384-397, doi: 10.1080/14790726.2015.1051993.

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Title Disruption and resonance in the personal essay
Author(s) Freeman, Robin
Le Rossignol, Karen
Journal name New writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 384
End page 397
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1479-0726
1943-3107
Keyword(s) personal essay and disruption
resonance in creative nonfiction
segmentation and reverberation
Summary The personal essay, as one of the most delightfully subjective manifestations of creative nonfiction, explores what is real and tangible, refined through the intimate perspective and curiosity of the writer. In her best works, the personal essayist has the capacity to disrupt her narratives in ways that will resonate with readers who are themselves adjusting to the disruption of their own personal narrative interactions by social media tools. This paper explores the process by which fragmentary episodes become segments of a linked narrative through the capacity of the personal essayist to leap associatively from personal into universal ‘truths’. Segments coalesce into cogent entities, drawn together as a resonant narrative by themes as echoes, or the deliberate juxtaposition of fragments of story. Such segments-as-narrative are based on perceptions of the essay as a disruptive text, which by the nature of its structure reverberates metaphorically beyond the known and the familiar.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14790726.2015.1051993
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074887

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