Writing the World: Writing as a Subject of Study

by Carl Tighe


Praise for Carl Tighe’s Writing and Responsibility (Routledge):

‘Throughout, Tighe is an intelligent, measured and informative guide. His prose effortlessly synthesizes literary and critical considerations, statistics and wider cultural contexts. Far from being simply a text-book, this sophisticated, engaged and beautifully-readable monograph ought to be read as an individual, creative contribution to contemporary thought about the writing process.’ Writing in Education

  • What is writing ‘about’?
  • What is the nature of ‘truth’ in writing? How can we use it represent our world?
  • How has the role of the writer changed throughout history?
  • Writing is a relatively new invention but can you imagine a world without it?

Writing the World sets the act of writing in a historical and social context and explores the complexities of writing as a creative act. Tighe starts off examining Creative Writing as the original subject of university study from which other subjects grew. He sets out the main theoretical issues that shape the subject and in the following chapters investigates the debates about the history, theory and philosophy of Creative Writing.

Tighe is an informative and engaging guide for those who study writing. As a teaching tool and textbook, it introduces students to the debates about the history, theory and philosophy of Creative Writing. The directed study section at the end of each chapter enables writers to critically develop their own thought and practice. The range and detail ensures its value as reference work. By considering the roots of Creative Writing as a subject of study, Writing the World provides a ground-breaking and absorbing contribution to the field.

Key features/publicity

  • The problems of writing and the limits of language - representation and mimesis; development of language and linguistic abilities in humans – the world before writing; means of recording language – the history of the alphabet; from oral to written, literate culture;
  • The roots of Creative Writing as a subject of study; the relationship between contemporary writers and the first writers; the changing role of writers through history; worlds without writing; language and its effectiveness – words and meaning; language used in times of war; the writer as ‘earwitness’ to the fate of words.
  • Draws on a wide range of international sources and diverse texts (ancient and contemporary)
  • History of writing timeline

Author info

Carl Tighe is a renowned award winning writer and Professor of Creative Writing at Derby University. His novels and stage plays have been translated an broadcast. Carl led first under graduate Creative Writing degree in the UK and has used the directed study questions to open up new areas of study for students in the field. He is the author of several successful non –fiction works.

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