What Kind of Knowledge Is Creative Writing?

Jane Alexander, Northumbria University – All that should remain hidden: illuminating the place of creative writing in the academy

Oliver Belas, Teacher, writer, independent academic – Creative Writing, Knowledge and Emancipatory Strategies

Douglas Cowie, Royal Holloway, University of London – Creative Writing, Knowledge and Emancipatory Strategies

This panel will address the place of Creative Writing in education and interrogate its nature as knowledge.

Creative Writing practices are often considered to consist of a set of intuitive aesthetic choices, something that damages their status as research in Higher Education, and as a legitimate subject of study, especially in the wake of reforms which boast of a (re)turn to a ‘knowledge-based’ education system.

Panellists will aim to build on recent models of practice-led research in order to contribute to the development of a domain-specific methodology for creative writing research, and attempt to resituate literary criticism with respect to English Studies, so that it can be seen as a practice both enabled by and constitutive of those texts commonly labelled ‘creative.’

The uncanny will be explored as a concept that can illuminate the intersection of creative and critical work and the ways in which creative writing is impacted by its location within the academy.

The possibilities of situating creative writing practices as an oppositional pedagogics will also be discussed; or perhaps, more strongly, as an anti-pedagogy (where pedagogy implies something rather like rigid systematicity), or emancipatory pedagogics.

Thursday 6th July, 11.00