The Rise of Creative Writing

Cowan, Andrew ORCID: (2018) The Rise of Creative Writing. Writing In Practice, 4 (1). ISSN 2058-5535

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The last twenty years has seen a rapid expansion of Creative Writing in UK Higher Education, with an accompanying shift in the teaching and conceptualisation of English Studies. The growth of the discipline follows the pattern of its prior emergence in the USA, which begins with a questioning of its academic credentials, proceeds haltingly to an accommodation with its undeniable appeal to students and administrators, progresses through a period of sudden and exponential growth that provokes a further questioning of its academic credentials, and eventuates in a reformed understanding of its relationship to other disciplines. This article describes the varieties of practice and orientation that have emerged at each level of provision, including the increasingly vocational orientation of many undergraduate programmes and the increasingly confident assertion of Creative Writing’s research credentials at Doctoral level, and identifies the key areas of contestation that are currently determining the parameters of the discipline, both in the UK and as a global phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative writing,practice-based learning,practice-based research,creative criticism,employability,disciplinary history
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Creative Writing Research Group
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Creative-Critical Research Group
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2023 16:30

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