ERIC Number: ED479202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-20
Re-Theorizing the Role of Creative Writing in Composition Studies: Cautionary Notes towards Re-Thinking the Essay in the Teaching of Writing.
An essay, often called a personal essay, familiar essay, lyric essay, the disjunctive or spiral essay, is a piece of writing which takes its form in the shifts and turns of a particular mind at work. The essay is a piece of writing which pays attention to and sometimes plays with form; often uses images and figures that are familiar with poetry; and sometimes breaks the rules traditionally upheld by school writing. The essay generally behaves more like fiction and poetry than any academic writing, and has at its center an "I" which speaks of itself. Essays have been marginalized in both English and literature departments as well as in creative writing programs. As a result, the essay is one of the best ways to think about breaking the boundaries between academic and creative. In composition studies today, students perceive it is risky to speak about themselves. However, there are many instances in which a personal viewpoint is required, and numerous examples exist of significant works of scholarship in which the personal is foregrounded. (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (54th, New York, NY, March 19-22, 2003).