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Palgrave Macmillan

Creativity in Language and Literature

The State of the Art

ISBN 9780230575592
Publication Date October 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

'Creativity in Language and Literature is a provocative and valuable book. Its breadth of topics, variety of approaches, and self-consciously creative and dialogic nature are especially appropriate and creative ways of approaching the subject of creativity. The scope, variety and original content of this book make it a unique contribution to the field' - Professor David L. Hoover, New York University, USA

This unique resource brings together contributions from creative practitioners and academic researchers working across different disciplines. Researchers, literary authors, editors, performers and film makers reflect on their work and collectively explore the art of creativity in language and literature.

Creativity in Language and Literature covers a range of texts, genres and practices, such as poetry, hip hop, film, story telling, web chat and pen-friend correspondence. Each part of the book begins with an introduction and the final part includes critical responses to the idea of linguistic creativity, encouraging ongoing dialogue and debate. This richly diverse collection is an ideal text for students and practitioners working at all levels.

With contributions by Patience Agbabi, Daniel Allington, R. Amritavalli, Richard D. Brown, Lynne Cameron, Ronald Carter, Guy Cook, Jon Cook, Ruth Finnegan, Angela Goddard, Ben Haggarty, Graeme Harper, G. D. Jayalakshmi, Angel Lin, Janet Maybin, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Kate Pahl, Mario Petrucci, Rob Pope, Elena Semino, Fiona Sampson, Jane Spiro, Peter Stockwell, Joan Swann, S. Upendran and Michelene Wandor.

JOAN SWANN Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Language and Communication at The Open University. She has edited numerous books, including A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics with EUP in 2004 and The Art of English; everyday creativity with Palgrave Macmillan in 2006.

ROB POPE Professor of English and UK National Teaching Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of Creativity: Theory, History, Practice and The English Studies Book: Language, Literature and Culture.

RONALD CARTER Professor of Modern English Language in the School of English studies at the University of Nottingham. He is Director of the Humanities Research Centre and the author of many acclaimed works in the field, including Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk, Introducing the Grammar of Talk and The Cambridge Grammar of English: A Comprehensive Guide to Spoken and Written Grammar.

Prologue
General Introduction
PART I: CREATIVITIES: TEXTS IN CONTEXT, GENRES IN PRACTICE
Editors' Introduction to Part I
Give Me (Deep Intake of Breath) Inspiration; P.Agbabi
'Can't We Ever, My Love, Speak in the Same Language?': Everyday Language and Creative Tension in the Poetry of Louis MacNeice; R.D.Brown
Bilingual Verbal Art of Fama: Linguistic Hybridity and Creativity of a Hong Kong Hip Hop Group; A.Lin
Metaphor in Prosaic and Poetic Creativity; L.Cameron
Metaphor, Creativity and the Experience of Pain Across Genres; E.Semino
Word Play across Languages and Cultures: Interview between G.D.Jayalakshmi, S.Upendran & R.Amritavalli
PART II: CREATIVITY ACROSS MODES, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGIES
Editors' Introduction to Part II
Chains of Transformation: The Making of Heavy Water, a Film for Chernobyl; M.Petrucci
Intimate Strangers: Dialogue and Creativity in Penfriend Correspondence; J.Maybin
Creativity, Materiality and Representation in New Communication Technologies; A.Goddard
Improvisations and Transformations Across Modes: The Case of a Classroom Multimodal Box Project; K.Pahl
Hybridity in the Mind and on the Page: Genre, Words, Music and Narrative; M.Wandor
Mature Poet Steals: Sonnet as Problem Page New; P.Agbabi
Stories in Performance; B.Haggarty
PART III: CREATIVE INTERPRETATIONS: AUDIENCE RESPONSES, READING AND RE-WRITING
Editors' Introduction to Part III
The First Three Minutes: Seducing the Audience in 'Arranged Marriage'; G.D.Jayalakshmi
Authenticity and Creativity in Reading Lamentation; P.Stockwell
How Reading Groups Talk about Books: A Study of Literary Reception; J.Swann
Reader Response and the Formulation of Literary Judgement; J.Spiro
Practical Measures: Poet as Editor; F.Sampson
Re-Writing the Critical-Creative Continuum: '10x...'; R.Pope
Reading a Hindi Poem: Lost in Translation?; R.B.Nair
An A-Z of Textual Re-Creation; R.Pope
PART IV: OPEN QUESTIONS, ONGOING DEBATES
Editors' Introduction to Part IV
The Production of 'Creativity'; D.Allington
In Defence of Genius; G.Cook
Creative Writing: Habitat Homo Sapiens; G.Harper
Three Reflections on Creativity and Writing; J.Cook
Creativity Looks at Language; R.Finnegan
Epilogue - Creativity: Postscripts and Prospects; R.Carter
 

PATIENCE AGBABI Creative Writing Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, UK 
DANIEL ALLINGTON Lecturer in English Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at the Open University, UK 
RICHARD DANSON BROWN Senior Lecturer in English at the Open University, UK 
RON CARTER Professor of Modern English Language at Nottingham University, UK 
GUY COOK Professor of Language and Education at the Open University, UK 
RUTH FINNEGAN Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University and a Fellow of the British Academy, UK 
ANGELA GODDARD Professor of English Language and a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow and Head of Languages and Linguistics at York St John University, UK
GRAEME HARPER Professor of Creative Writing at Bangor University, UK 
G. D. JAYALAKSHMI British Asian Film-Maker and also Programme Leader for BA (Film and TV), University of Hertfordshire, UK 
JANET MAYBIN Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication at the Open University, UK 
RUKMINI BHAYA NAIR Professor of Linguistics and English at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India 
KATE PAHL Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield, UK 
MARIO PETRUCCI Poet, Physicist, Educator and Broadcaster
ROB POPE Professor of English at Oxford Brookes University and a UK National Teaching Fellow
ELENA SEMINO Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK 
FIONA SAMPSON Author of seventeen books, most recently Rough Music (2010) Poetry Writing (2009) and A Century of Poetry Review (PBS Special Commendation, 2009)
PETER STOCKWELL Professor of Literary Linguistics in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK 
JOAN SWANN Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Language and Communication at the Open University, UK 
 

Reviews

'Creativity in Language is a provocative and valuable book.Its breadth of topics, variety of approaches, and self-consciously creative and dialogic nature are especially appropriate and creative ways of approaching the subject of creativity. The range of levels of difficulty, and the concentration on creativity in both everyday contexts and literary ones and in a wide range of genres, give potential teachers the opportunity to make assignments based on the needs and levels of preparation of their own students.The scope, variety, and original content of this book make it a unique contribution to the field.' - Professor David L. Hoover, New York University, USA
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