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Everything that matters is silvery white

Prendergast, Julia 2015, Everything that matters is silvery white, TEXT journal of writing and writing courses, vol. IV, no. Special Issue 30, Spring, pp. 1-9.

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Title Everything that matters is silvery white
Author(s) Prendergast, Julia
Journal name TEXT journal of writing and writing courses
Volume number IV
Issue number Special Issue 30
Season Spring
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Australasian Association of Writing Programs
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2015-10
ISSN 1327-9556
Keyword(s) Creative writing
Temporising
Metaphor
Narrative
Summary When Jared Diamond asked acclaimed evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr why Aristotle didn’t come up with the theory of evolution, Mays answered frage stellen or ‘a way of asking questions’ (ABC 2013). The idea that a particular way-of-asking might generate a particular way-of-knowing is applicable to the practice of creative writing. Modjeska unpacks the concept of ‘temporising’ (2002: 75), inviting us to consider the generative possibilities of the temporising space – as an imaginative space for writers – a way of asking questions.Research contributionThis work enacts the concept of temporising at the level of form and content, interrogating the connection between language and imagery, and the work of association and similarity and, following Aristotle, recognises the temporising space as a metaphorical playground. This method of asking questions involves alogical processes of association: supporting Freud’s ‘reciprocal relations’ between dissimilars (1900: 404) and Froeschels’ observation that ‘the subconscious [mind] considers similarity identical with identity’ (qtd. in Mavromatis 1987: 178).Research significanceThis work uses Modjeska’s analysis, and theories of subconscious processes of association, to enact an inquiry in the performative narrative space of the short story. It has been longlisted for the Australian Book Review’s Elizabeth Jolley Prize (2014) and the Séan Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition (Ireland) (2015), and was also a finalist in the Glimmer Train International Fiction Open Contest (USA) (2015).
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
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