The Essay As single work   criticism  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'As I start to write this paper, my notes lie stretched out in a long poem of language shifts and comparisons: essay-as-wager, essay-as-puzzle, essay-as-notation, essay-as-conversation, essay-as-meditation. It is in this act of comparison, the 'as' moment, that we begin, again and again, to think about the essay form. Its 'as-ness' suggests that the essay is not a singular discursive mode but a set of modes, at once many things and many opportunities. The essay practises thinking-while-writing, a compositional process that moves knowledge forward to the limits of its language, in language.' (Author's abstract)


  • Epigraph: Essays, like poems and philosophical meditations, should elude our grasp just because their business is to approach the liminal spectrum of near-unintelligibility-immediate experience complicating what we thought we knew. (Retallack 2003: 48)

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    y TEXT Special Issue Website Series no. 5 April 2009 Z1601978 2009 periodical issue Proceedings of the Art of the Real: National Creative Non-fiction Conference, Newcastle University, May 2008. Contents indexed selectively. 2009
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