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Narrative Afoot: walking as praxis between genres

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Who speaks in literary criticism? Who or what, if you will, is the subject of criticism, and what happens when critical writing engages with or acknowledges subjective experience? When is criticism something else?
When is it, say, dramatic monologue? Or even dialogue? This symposium will explore the possibilities that exist for critical writing to engage with a variety of forms and genres: essayism, fiction, dramatic dialogue and creative translation to name a few. It will seek to redefine the gap between theoretical and creative writing
as a space for new critical and theoretical intervention.

In this talk, Nick Dunn will discuss the interrelated practices of walking and writing. More specifically, he will explore walking through and around cities at night and his ongoing experiments with different forms of representation, including different modes of writing. In the context of this presentation this will describe two projects. First, he will talk about his practice of nightwalking in Manchester and how he has attempted to navigate a path between critical writing on urban space and subjective experience. Second, he will talk about how this has subsequently led to working in Glasgow to develop a collaborative form of inscriptive practice as way of engaging with people about the future of their places.

Event (Symposium)

TitleThe Critical Subject
LocationLancaster University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionLocal event