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This subject explores the relationship between critical theory and creative writing. We read critical, philosophical and theoretical texts relating to issues of creativity and the creative process by seminal theorists such as Kristeva, Foucault, Cixous, and Derrida. We also read a selection of texts that blur the boundary between critical and creative writing, and the creative work of authors such as Duras, Calvino, Zadie Smith, and Barthelme to examine the way these texts might put theory into practice. The relation between critical schools of thought and students' own creative work will be investigated.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- engage with the possible relations betwen critical theory, philosophy and creative writing;
- show they are informed regarding recent and current debates and schools of thought related to creative writing; and
- write both analytically and creatively in response to theoretical texts.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to engage in debates and discussion in a group setting;
- be able to produce an interplay of theory and practice in written work; and
- be able to devise questions, analyse schools of thought and develop creative projects.
Last updated: 31 October 2023