Closet writing

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dc.contributor.author Trofimova, Evija en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-03T23:11:13Z en
dc.date.issued 2017-04 en
dc.identifier.citation TEXT 21(1) Apr 2017 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34778 en
dc.description.abstract In this article I view academic writing through the metaphor of ‘closet writing’, whereby the process of writing is concealed and erased, allowing public exposure of only polished articles as final products. I explore some of the reasons for the implicit shame and embarrassment that many academics, myself included, feel about their unfinished pieces and practices of writing. Among those reasons are the felt discrepancies between the imagined, and often mutually conflicting, ideals of academic writing as practice, process and product, and each individual’s lived experience of it. I question the sources of such ideals, and suggest some resistance to the ideal through advocating care for ideas, rather than ideals. I query where assumptions about writing as a clean, fast and easy process come from, and counter these assumptions with values of mess, uncertainty and struggle. I argue that the absence of conversation around academic writing, and ‘closeting’ of the often messy add to further mystification of it. Academics are invited to venture out of their closets of writing, and risk some exposure of the process through either shared drafts or honest conversations. en
dc.language English en
dc.publisher Australian Association of Writing Programs en
dc.relation.ispartofseries TEXT en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Closet writing en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.volume 21 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.author-url http://www.textjournal.com.au/april17/trofimova.htm en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 623728 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education en
dc.identifier.eissn 1327-9556 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-04-28 en


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