On Critical and Creative Writing

Nicholas Royle

in Veering

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748636549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652303 | DOI:
On Critical and Creative Writing

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This chapter investigates the possibilities of a critical writing that veers into the literary or, perhaps, vice versa. This is no ‘exercise in creative writing’, but rather an attempt to reflect on the environment in which writing (critical or creative) happens, and on how the figure of veering conditions the very idea and experience of environment. ‘Veering’ would refer to the swerving, interweaving, sudden turning between/within one register or tone and another, between/within one genre or discourse and another. The environment of critical and creative writing is indissociably bound up with violence, even (or especially) when a writer seeks to affirm or produce a work of non-violence. Wordsworth speaks of himself veering. If one turns back — or, today, turn for the first time — to that great, unfinished poem, De Rerum Natura, it is hardly for a scientifically accurate account of the nature of things.

Keywords: creative writing; critical writing; veers; veering; environment; De Rerum Natura

Chapter.  11560 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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