Journal article

From Program Era to Programming: Creative Writing in the New Academy


Axon: Creative Explorations | University of Canberr | Published : 2015


This paper responds to some of the major questions Mark McGurl raises about the ‘program era’ of creative writing in his recent major study of the postwar history of creative writing in American higher education. My aim is to bring this history up against the new wave of changes in the contemporary academy signalled by the presence and prevalence of digital media, information technology and virtual environments. A discussion of the future, the shape, and the experience of creative writing in the academy is approached tentatively here through a number of the central antinomies of the discipline. I argue that literary fiction, and modernist aesthetics, are only one, and possibly no longer a ce..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project number DP130100402).