Creative connections: The essay in the context of the creative PhD

Sandra Burr

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    When Inga Clendinnen suggests in the preface to Agamemnon’s Kiss that essays should not preach, teach, exhort or declare she joins an honourable society of essay writers who feel curiously compelled to define, explain and justify their chosen genre. The essay is variously regarded as an exquisite art form, an opportunity for reflective rumination or an invitation to join in conversation. While resistant to simple categorisation, the essay form is all these things ... and is ... much more. The possibilities of essaying in a creative PhD are discussed in the context of the author’s own research looking at the bond between women and horses. Parallels are drawn between aspects of horse training, creative practice and essay writing as alternative approaches to the production of a creative PhD are examined. The author describes the multiple roles performed by the essays in her own inherently organic dissertation, not only as the creative component of the research, but also as the connective path between the exegesis and the creative work and the author and her audience. Essayists including Montaigne, Adorno, Huxley, Joeres, Clendinnen and Dessaix are consulted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe and is Papers: refereed proceedings of the 12th conference of the AAWP
    EditorsJenn Webb, Jordan Williams
    Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
    PublisherThe Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9781740882736
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventThe And Is Papers - 12th Conference of the AAWP - Canberra, Australia
    Duration: 21 Nov 200723 Nov 2007 (Conference Papers - Peer review citation)


    ConferenceThe And Is Papers - 12th Conference of the AAWP
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