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Blank page : the location of creativity

conference contribution
posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by David MccooeyDavid Mccooey
Whether one writes in the field of literary studies or that of creative writing, one begins with the 'blank page'. The field of interest I am calling the 'blank page' has implications for the discipline of creative writing, and can be useful to theorising creativity, writing practice, and pedagogy. One creates out of, or into, the 'blank page '; one's practice is partly determined by how one theorises, however subconsciously, this blank page (how does one start? how blank is the page? how have others figured the blank page); and one teaches students who have to face literal blank pages. ln this paper I will consider how the theorisation of the blank page in literary studies addresses such creative-writing issues. I will then engage D.W. Winnicott's psychoanalytic theory on 'the location of play' to consider the implications of conceptualising the blank page as 'the location of writing'. A Winnicottian approach to the blank page, as a space akin to the potential space of play, allows various insights into the process of writing, especially as a proccss involving paradox.



The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs conference (15th : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)


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[The Australasian Association of Writing Programs]


Melbourne, VIC

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2010 , The Australasian Association of Writing Programs


C Cole, M Freiman, D Brien

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AAWP 2010 : The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers : the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010

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