ERIC Number: ED332196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Metaphor, Narrative and Point of View: Shifting Our Perspective about "Literary Techniques" in Composition.
Creative writing has fallen out of favor with teachers of composition because they have tended to link creative writing to the belletristic tradition of the nineteenth century. But if the nineteenth century can be accused of taking invention out of the writing process, as many scholars have asserted, it is possible to assert that the twentieth century has neglected and undervalued many of the heuristics that lie within the realm of creative writing, strategies that lead to good thinking and writing. Important links exist between creative writing and exposition. Although metaphor has been recognized as great writing and thinking heuristic since Plato and Aristotle, it continues to be considered primarily in the creative writing classroom. Likewise, although narrative has been considered one of the most important pedagogical devices for teaching since the Bible, it remains a writing technique explored primarily in the creative writing classroom. Writing from points of view other than the first person (a technique which is encouraged in many exposition classes) enables students to consider their material more objectively and to see themselves more clearly as writers. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Voice (Rhetoric)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).