Old and New, Tried and Untried: Creativity and Research in the 21st Century

Jeri Kroll, Andrew Melrose and Jen Webb (eds)

Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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DOI: 10.18848/978-1-61229-841-2/CGP

Throughout the twentieth century, the world of higher education appeared to be stable and familiar. Universities delivered education and research under well-established discipline headings, and art schools delivered craft and field knowledge. Toward the end of that century, the relationship between the academy and the creative arts sector changed, and the role of teachers of creative practice and the expectations of tertiary creative arts courses changed with it. The past decades have been characterized by an ongoing debate about the respective value of teaching, creative practice, and research—particularly about the capacity of the arts to deliver research. This volume, from a distinguished list of academic writers and creators, offers contributions to these dialogues, as well as analyses of the international environment for the creative arts in the academy and the key government policies currently shaping the field.

“Questions regarding the relationship between creative practice and academic research continue to be vexed—and no less pressing. The essays in this volume are a welcome contribution to the ongoing process of shaping the future of creative writing research degrees.” -Professor Neil McCaw, commissioning editor Winchester University Press

“History shows us universities are essential to the pursuit of discovery. This book reminds us that to separate creative activities from research is to substantially diminish such a pursuit. Rather, we should be celebrating our many wonderful creative-critical conversations.” -Professor Graeme Harper, editor New Writing

“This volume represents a timely (and international) exploration of the complex relationships between teaching, research and practice in the modern HE sector, and offers a serious contribution to current arguments about the value of creativity.” -Professor Steve May, Vice Dean Provost for the College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 3.962MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois.

Prof. Jeri Kroll

Professor, School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Jeri Kroll was the inaugural Dean of Graduate Research at Flinders University in Australia and is a professor of English and Creative Writing. She has published over sixty essays; her most recent scholarly book is Research Methods in Creative Writing (co-edited with Graeme Harper, Palgrave Macmillan 2013). A writer for adults and young people, she has published twenty-five books; the most recent are Workshopping the Heart: New and Selected Poems (Wakefield 2013) and a verse novel, Vanishing Point (Puncher and Wattman), shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards. A George Washington University stage adaptation was a winner in the 47th Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Prof. Andrew Melrose

Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester, Winchester, Hants, UK

Andrew Melrose is a professor of Children’s Writing at the University of Winchester, UK. He has over 160 film, fiction, non-fiction, research, songs, poems, and other writing credits, including The Story Keepers film series, a “textual intervention” on the New Testament, which was broadcast worldwide. He also has thirty-one books for children and four scholarly books on writing for children, including Here Comes the Bogeyman and Monsters Under the Bed (Routledge, 2012). He is currently working on Writing Song Lyrics: A Creative and Critical Approach (Palgrave) and on an extended poem for children about refugees, The Boat: http://the-immigration-boat-story.com/.

Prof. Jen Webb

Professor, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Jen Webb is a distinguished professor of Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. Her work includes scholarly volumes such as Researching Creative Writing (Frontinus 2015) and Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (with Caroline Turner; Manchester UP 2016), and poetry volumes Watching the World (with Paul Hetherington; Blemish Books 2015) and Stolen Stories, Borrowed Lines (Mark Time 2015). She is lead investigator on Australian Research Council Discovery projects “Understanding Creative Excellence: A Case Study in Poetry’”(DP130100402), and “So What Do You Do? Graduates in the Creative and Cultural Industries” (DP160101440).


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