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Cohesive Plurality

Kirkbride, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1475-1265 (2020). Cohesive Plurality. LOGOS: Journal of the World Publishing Community, 31(2), pp. 52-56. doi: 10.1163/18784712-03102005

Abstract

Following Peter Elbow’s work on ‘resonant voice’ or ‘presence’, this essay examines the seldom-explored resonance between a text and its writer in the moment of its creation. The essay asks what the boundaries and content of this space might look like, and how this knowledge might positively affect the creative product. It challenges the popular search for a writer’s ‘voice’, instead positing that each writer has a perpetually shifting internal plurality of voices, which unifies the constructivist and social constructionist views of the self. By arguing that the resonance between writer and writing is the experience of this plurality coming to harmony, the essay posits that to create such a resonance involves a balance of simultaneously relinquishing control to the internal choir and learning how to better conduct it.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in LOGOS: Journal of the World Publishing Community by Brill Academic Publishers.
Publisher Keywords: creative writing – writing craft – resonance – voice
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries
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