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Myth maker: Malcolm Bradbury and the creation of Creative Writing at UEA

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posted on 27.05.2016, 10:30 authored by Lise JaillantLise Jaillant
When did creative writing courses really appear in the UK? The usual story is that the first creative writing programme was launched in 1970 at the University of East Anglia, under the leadership of Malcolm Bradbury. Ian McEwan is often presented as the first student in creative writing, a role he has always rejected – insisting that he studied for an MA in literature with the option to submit creative work for the final dissertation. As Kathryn Holeywell has shown, creative writing was already offered for assessment at UEA in the 1960s. This article tells a more complete history of creative writing in Britain, a history that takes into account the experimentations of the 1960s and the rise of literary prizes in the 1980s – without ignoring Bradbury’s important role.

Funding

The research for this article was funded by the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Trust Fund and an Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship at the Lilly Library (Indiana University).

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • English and Drama

Published in

New Writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing

Volume

13

Issue

3

Pages

350-367

Citation

JAILLANT, L., 2016. Myth maker: Malcolm Bradbury and the creation of Creative Writing at UEA. New Writing, 13 (3), pp. 350-367.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/05/2016

Publication date

2016-07-14

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Writing on 14 July 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14790726.2016.1192196.

ISSN

1943-3107

Language

en