‘No additional information required’: Creative writing as research writing

Cowan, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2320-8907 (2020) ‘No additional information required’: Creative writing as research writing. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 24 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1327-9556

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The question of whether artistic practice might be construed as a research practice is one that has been pursued extensively since the 1990s. Much in the discourse remains open to contention, though a degree of consensus has emerged on certain key themes: that art is indeed productive of knowledge, that this knowledge is to be understood experientially and non-conceptually, but that it must be framed in a form consistent with established academic procedures. Jen Webb’s several contributions to this discourse provide a valuable context for considering whether it may be possible to overcome the conceptual and practical separation between art and the academy. Using Webb’s work as a frame, this article engages with the debate about the knowledge status of art through a consideration of its contradictions, and suggests that a pragmatic solution is to be found in the operations of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), which now accepts the research credentials of creative writing as being self-evident.

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Additional Information: Andrew Cowan is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and was for 10 years the Director of the UEA Creative Writing programme. He is the author of six novels, most recently Your Fault (Salt, 2019), and the guidebook The Art of Writing Fiction (Routledge, 2011). He is currently writing a monograph For And Against Creative Writing, scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge,research,creative writing,ref,era
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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Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 00:12
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 06:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75438


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