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Strategies of Silence
Reflections on the Practice and Pedagogy of Creative Writing

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ISBN 9780367467630
February 25, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

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

  1. Daydreams and Solitude: Working the silent space
    Luke M. Thompson
  2. PART 2: History and Traditions

  3. Restored to his Kingdom: Reading the silences of medieval narrative
    Simon Heywood
  4. Silver Threads of Fear: Restoring the agency of female protagonists in Jewish women's storytelling traditions
    Simon Heywood
  5. The Roaring Ghosts: Depictions of female silence and its oppositions
    Moy McCrory
  6. Re-Witching Writing: Emerging out of silence
    Maude Casey
  7. PART 3: The Poetry of Silence

  8. Strange Affiliation
    Matthew Clegg
  9. A Poor Poetry: Silence and stillness in Thomas A. Clark's Moschatel poems
    Aled Ganobscik-Williams
  10. Making Worlds out of Silence: A text-world analysis of the unspoken in Not an Ending by Andrew Waterhouse
    Nigel McLoughlin
  11. Firstly, into Silence: Openings into Poetry
    Adrian Buckner
  12. PART 4: Silence as Structure: Prose, Script, and the Unsaid

  13. Silence and the Short Story Form
    Moy McCrory
  14. Graphic Novels as Works of Translation: working as an illustrator
  15. Bob Moulder

  16. Silence and Filmic Prose
    Gregory Heath
  17. Q.A.Q.
  18. Matthew Cheeseman

    PART 5: The Waiting Game

  19. The Silence of Peer Review
    Ailsa Cox

Appendix 1: Text World Architecture of ‘Not an Ending’

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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.