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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Ghosts of Leigh: Scripting the Monstrous Effeminate
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'This article describes how a practice-led research methodology used to produce a creative writing artefact, a short play aimed at a high school audience, had a transformative impact on a number of levels: on the artefact, on the writing practice itself and on the author’s own self-knowledge in terms of gender identity and subjectivity. The creative writing artefact in question is a short stage play entitled Ghosts of Leigh, an exploration of the gender-bending club culture of the 1980s. The play is set in regional Queensland, Australia, which, at that time, was a strongly homosocial and homophobic environment. The script and this article explore the notion of effeminacy as a monstrous masculinity of considerable discursive potency that simultaneously disrupts both masculinity and femininity. The article also discusses how the practice-led research methodology itself facilitated the development of fresh understandings around effeminacy and how these new understandings interacted with the author’s lived gender and embodied subjectivity.' (Abstract)

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    y separately published work icon New Writing vol. 14 no. 3 2017 11713345 2017 periodical issue

    'In order to function, your imagination employs an intensity of feeling. It can function only through such intensity because it needs to create, only from your memories, emotions, knowledge and perceptions, representations of activities and things that are not immediately present and not therefore accessible to your senses.

    'Your imagination’s intensity of feeling is empowered by your emotions. Emotions are widely shared human assessments, psychological and physiological reactions to events, people, experiences, the world, thoughts. Your feelings are how such emotions are individually described by you. Two people can have similar psychological and physiological reactions and one of them might describe the feeling as ‘love’ and the other person describe the feeling as ‘affection’. Because the imagination is key to creative writing, the place of feeling is heightened and your individual interpretation of emotions (yours and those of others) is therefore essential to creative writing.' (Editorial)

    2017
    pg. 327-347
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