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Type: Journal article
Title: That certain cut: towards a characterology of APWT
Author: Jose, R.
Citation: TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, 2017; Special Issue(47):1-9
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1327-9556
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Nicholas Jose
Abstract: The essay charts the history and goals of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators since its beginnings in 2005, noting how the association has evolved to incorporate creative writing pedagogy and, importantly, literary translation. It draws on linguist MAK Halliday’s discussion of the ‘characterology’ of Mandarin Chinese to ask whether a literary community such as APWT might also have a ‘certain cut’ identifiable in the features and effects of the new writing that emerges from the interactions of participating practitioners as they cross boundaries and challenge limits. The essay argues that the mission of APWT is transformative and ongoing and needs greater advocacy. Examples cited include the work of Michelle Cahill and Eliza Vitri Handayani and the Dalit/Indigenous Australia special issue of Cordite.
Keywords: Creative writing; translation; Asia Pacific; Chinese fiction; literary communities
Description: Special Issue: Ideas and realities: Creative writing in Asia today
Rights: Copyright of all work published in TEXT remains with the authors. For republication, contact the author direct and acknowledge TEXT.
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