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Making Up

Research in Creative Writing

Author(s): Graeme Harper

Book Description

Not so many years ago, Making Up: Research in Creative Writing could not have existed. It could not have existed because at the time of its conception in the countries most influencing its birth – that is, in Britain and in Australia – even the mere notion of research through and in creative writing did not formally exist. Since the early 1990s, such research has grown, and it has developed strongly, worldwide.

What we value in works of creative writing has long been the subject of discussion. We might value the diversion a work provides. We might feel personally engaged with a work of creative writing because it relates to an emotional state with which we are familiar or one about which we are newly curious. We might value the insights a work of creative writing provides – whether it is knowledge of our own emotional state, or knowledge about medicine, dancing or mechanical engineering, or whatever else.

But research through and in creative writing is not only about the works this research produces, it is also, and often primarily, about the explorations a creative writer undertakes. To explore, through creative writing, ideas, a state of mind, concepts, personal or public ideals – research in and through creative writing, such as that seen here in Making Up: Research in Creative Writing, does this and more.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4462-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4462-4
Date of Publication: 01/03/2013
Pages / Size: 185 / A5
Price: £39.99


Graeme Harper is Dean of the Honors College, Professor at Oakland University, Michigan, USA, and an Honorary Professor in the United Kingdom. A former Commonwealth scholar, he has held professorships and honorary professorships in the UK, USA and Australia. He is Editor of New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, among other editorships, and has been a research review panel member for the EU Commission and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as well as a Senior Research Reviewer at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). He has won a National Book Council Award, and awards and fellowships from the BBC, Mütter Library, the Institute of Medical Humanities, UTMB, the British Academy, NSW Ministry for the Arts and MARBL/Emory University, among others.