Dig if U will the Picture: Writing about Prince or Writing about the Self.

Cowan, Billy (2017) Dig if U will the Picture: Writing about Prince or Writing about the Self. Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities, 20/10/2017- 22/10/2017, University of Surrey, Guildford.

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Abstract

A creative response to the legacy of the pop icon, Prince. The story shows how a creative writer approached the challenge of writing about a contemporary artist; how reflecting upon a contemporary artist like Prince inspired a personal piece of writing that attempts to reveal not only aspects of the artist but aspects of the writer. Inherently, the story also raises questions about the legitimacy, relevance and truth of such a piece; does the story actually tell us anything about the artist and their work or just the writer? How do we view such a piece – fiction, non-fiction, memoir, auto-fiction, and how does this affect its legitimacy or relevance as cultural, historical artefact? Does the story add new knowledge to the artist’s life and work? What is the value and impact of such writing?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The material is copyrighted and available for personal usage only by contacting the author.
Uncontrolled Keywords: non-fiction, memoir, short story, creative response, identity
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2017 16:18
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9811

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