Blending Boundaries: Creative Writing and Rhetoric

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Jessica Jorgenson---SAMLA Conference

The diverse fields within English studies often create boundaries that few cross, but this proposal aims to bridge those established boundaries. The focus of this panel looks at authorship and how authorship is theorized within English studies. An example of authorship's function in English studies occurs in Creative Writing. Often in creative writing workshops the Platonic view of authorship becomes a philosophy and focus of the pedagogy, but an instructor often requires assignments where students mimic established authors creating what Gilbert and Gubar have termed an "anxiety of authorship." But what are other influences or anxieties students face in workshop models? How can creative writing teachers respond and create stronger workshop models? Finally, how can we use other fields of English studies to enrich our teaching of Creative Writing?
In short, this session would examine authorship through creative writing, rhetoric, and/or other fields in English studies. What I am especially interested in are proposals that seek to examine authorship as a way to bridge two diverse fields within English Studies, such as creative writing and rhetoric. To be considered for this special session, please send an abstract or proposal of no more than 300 words to no later than May 30th, 2013. Please send all attachments as a Word document or in .rtf.