ERIC Number: ED337788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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The Father Speaks, the Mother Talks Back: Revisionist, Rebellious Models for the Creative Writing Classroom.
Brown, Julie; Brown, Robert
The "writing workshop" approach to teaching creative writing, virtually unchallenged throughout the United States, has recently come under fire. Two schools of thought, while agreeing that the traditional workshop needs a thorough overhaul, differ in approaches to that overhaul. One approach, using the theories of Harold Bloom, argues that since creative writing students, consciously or unconsciously, use models as a basis for their work, teachers need to provide literary models for students to read and imitate, so that they may begin to understand the tradition they wish to join. The other approach, based on feminist pedagogy, asserts that the creative writing workshop, as it is now used, is actually incompatible with feminist theory, as it is patriarchal and authoritative--the teacher's notions of "good writing" become standards for "safe writing" to which the students try to adhere as they follow the model of their teacher. One suggestion to remedy the problems of the "workshop approach" is to transfer authority from the teacher to the students. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Empowerment; Feminist Pedagogy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (San Antonio, TX, April 18-20, 1991).