Monday 13 September 2021

Michelene Wandor, "Critical-Creative Writing: Two Sides of the Same Coin: A Foundation Reader"


Michelene Wandor is a playwright, poet, fiction writer and cultural critic. She has taught Creative Writing for over three decades, currently as tutor on the Distance Learning MA at Lancaster University. Her most recent poetry collection is Travellers (Arc Publications).

You can read more about Travellers on Creative Writing at Leicester here. Below, you can read about her new book, Critical-Creative Writing: Two Sides of the Same Coin.

About Critical-Creative Writing, by Michelene Wandor

Critical-Creative Writing: Two Sides of the Same Coin is a unique Reader, bridging the gap between Creative Writing (CW) how-to handbooks, and anthologies of Literary and Cultural Theory. This ground-breaking collection reveals the historical roots of many of the pedagogic concepts which underlie the critical study of CW. 

Graven images from the Old Testament are echoed in classical disquisitions on mimesis, which, in its turn, resonates within nineteenth-century realism and naturalism, all presaging one of CW’s most familiar mantras, ‘write what you know.’ The twentieth-century development of literary criticism travels alongside, and into, the philosophical and linguistic foundations of Literary and Cultural Theory, exploring received concepts of text, genre and point of view.

This is an indispensable text for CW lecturers, under- and post-graduate students. The Reader shows how seminal writers and thinkers have, over the centuries, considered imaginative writing: Aristotle, Plato, Montaigne, Milton, Sidney, Shakespeare, Pope, Browning, Wordsworth, Keats, Kant, Burke, Wollstonecraft, James, Ruskin, Quiller-Couch, T. S. Eliot, F. R. Leavis, Woolf, Barthes, Bakhtin and many others provide a roll-call of searching, sometimes contesting, voices.

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