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25 - 28 November, 2010: Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners - the role of literary studies in creative writing programs
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Australian Association of Writing programs and RMIT University, Melbourne
Literary studies advocates have long argued that writing programs have contributed to the decline in literary studies. Creative writing teachers and others have responded by noting the different ways in which literary studies engage within creative writing programs, offering more forensic readings which examine texts differently, not just as best practice examples to inform creative practice but through more varied and cross-disciplinary conversations with the cultural, social and industrial notions of writing. These tensions between the ‘creators’ and the ‘critics’, between product and process, continue to engage academics, most notably in the ways in which they design their teaching, facilitate their students’ approaches to texts or their own creative or critical research outcomes and fields. Through such debates the role of national literatures is also contested. How, for example, might writing programs engage with questions of nationhood? Such debates about national literatures within the academy highlight different approaches to identity and nation. What might these developments mean for the ways in which writing teachers approach their current programs and just how might wider global issues about writing and literary studies shape the future?
The conference aims to establish a dialogue between writing and literary studies with a view to exploring new directions in the teaching, researching and public place of both disciplines.
Papers are sought on the following themes:
- Exploring the nexus between creative writing and literary studies
Submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Register by following the prompts at: http://www.australianliterarycompendium.com/aawp_registration.html
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