Strategies of Silence
Reflections on the Practice and Pedagogy of Creative Writing
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This unique book takes silence as its central concept and questions the range of meanings and values which inform the idea as it impinges on the creative process and its content and contexts.
The thematic core of silence allows a consideration of silencing and silence as opposite ends of a spectrum: one shutting down, the other enabling and opening up. As a multidisciplinary collection of essays derived from the teaching and implementation of Creative Writing at university level, the contributors consider silence as strategic, both through the need for silence and as something which compels resistance. They explore how writing has employed images and tropes of silence in the past, and used silence and gaps technically. In considering marginalised and forgotten voices, this book shows how writers bring their diverse range of backgrounds and experience to work with and against silence in Creative Writing Studies.
The first theoretical work on silence in Creative Writing, this field-shifting book is an essential read for both practitioners and students of Creative Writing at the higher education level.
Table of Contents
Introduction: On Silence in Language and Writing
Moy McCrory and Simon Heywood
PART 1: Silence, Solitude, and Imagination
- Daydreams and Solitude: Working the silent space
Luke M. Thompson
- Restored to his Kingdom: Reading the silences of medieval narrative
- Silver Threads of Fear: Restoring the agency of female protagonists in Jewish women's storytelling traditions
- The Roaring Ghosts: Depictions of female silence and its oppositions
- Re-Witching Writing: Emerging out of silence
- Strange Affiliation
- A Poor Poetry: Silence and stillness in Thomas A. Clark's Moschatel poems
- Making Worlds out of Silence: A text-world analysis of the unspoken in Not an Ending by Andrew Waterhouse
- Firstly, into Silence: Openings into Poetry
- Silence and the Short Story Form
- Graphic Novels as Works of Translation: working as an illustrator
- Silence and Filmic Prose
- The Silence of Peer Review
PART 2: History and Traditions
PART 3: The Poetry of Silence
PART 4: Silence as Structure: Prose, Script, and the Unsaid
PART 5: The Waiting Game
Appendix 1: Text World Architecture of ‘Not an Ending’
Moy McCrory is Senior Lecturer of Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Derby, UK.
Simon Heywood is a Programme Leader in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Derby, UK.