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Creative Writing with Critical Theory: Inhabitation

Dominique Hecq and Julian Novitz (eds)



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12 Sep 2018

ISBN 9781780240688 (Paperback)
292 pp., Free UK Shipping


This book is designed for creative writing practitioners and anyone interested in how literary works come into being. By focusing on the idea of inhabitation, it explores the links between creative and critical practice. It investigates how writers from around the globe forge connections between critical theory and their practice in sharply particular creative contexts. The collection highlights the versatility of creative modes of research; it enables understandings of how we make and remake texts and to what ends; it provides opportunities to survey how creative artists engage with research.


Here is the book I've been waiting for: one that does not position language as something we use, or that uses us, but as both structuring structure and the tools of our trade. We invented language; it constructs our perceptions. We put language to work; it employs us. This strange and never-fully-apprehended relationship is teased out across the essays in this collection: sense-making, image-making, the co-mingling of theory and story, poetry and prose. Global in reach, ambitious in its scope, this book needs to be on every writer's desk. --Jen Webb, Director, Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra

Creative Writing with Critical Theory: Inhabitation is an exceptional collection and addition to the writing about writing genre. Dominique Hecq and Julian Novitz have managed to pull together a fascinating collection of chapters, while also managing a coherence in the book itself. It is a compelling collection with strong academic rigour but what really comes through is the fact that it is written and edited by creative writers who are also academically engaged in the art, craft and processes they are writing about. A must have book for writing scholars and anyone who takes the study of writing and indeed writing itself seriously. --Professor Andrew Melrose, Professor of Children's Writing, Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester


Inhabitation and the Critical Imagination
Dominique Hecq and Julian Novitz

1. Milyikalu Ima: Walking No Man’s Land
Lia Hills

2. Travels through the Kingdom of Night: Writing about the History of the Holocaust in End of the Night Girl and Navigating the Kingdom of Night
Amy Matthews

3. Betwixt: Cross-cultural and Cross-genre Inhabitation in Creative Writing
Eugen Bacon

4. Drinking with the Dead? Creative Writing in the Twenty-First Century
Graeme Harper

5. The Ghost of Sigurd the Volsung in Eketahuna
Gail Pittaway

6. The Ghost (in the) Machine: Poetry, Precision, and Ghosts
Katharine Coles

7. Unheimlich flânerie? Toward a Poetics of Wandering
Dan Disney

8. Squaring the Circle: Dante, Memory and the Project of Writing
Simon West

9. Revising ‘Finished’ Poems: How Often Should We Reinhabit Creative Works?
Paul Hetherington and Paul Munden

10. Impossible, Now, to Read the Rosetta Stone’: Cultural Hybridity and Loss in the Ernestine Hill Collection
Eleanor Hogan

11. Crypts of Loss, Love, Lack
Dominique Hecq

12. Unsettled Inhabitations: Bodily Difference in Poetry
Andy Jackson

13. Matri-Liminal Bodies: Oceanic Empathy in Dorothy Porter’s Crete via Anne Carson’s ‘The Anthropology of Water’
Shari Kocher

Amelia Walker

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