Nightmares in the engine room

Goodall, Jane (2009) Nightmares in the engine room. In: Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts. Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, pp. 200-207. ISBN 978-0-7486-3628-0


'Research' is something of a buzzword among writers of popular novels. It is a topic often brought up at literary festivals among panels of authors who are concerned about being taken seriously. Specialist knowledge of certain kinds has a high value in the book-selling stakes: any fiction writer who has flown an aircraft or conducted brain surgery, who has a background in foreign affairs or espionage, or who has travelled in extreme environments is seen to have 'done their research' and is respected accordingly. In other words, research is assumed to be practice-led and understood to be the factual dimension of a fictional work; the writer's job is to make that dimension intriguing or adventurous.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 05:04
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 03:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: modern fiction; research; authenticity; creative process; storyline; plot; characters
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing

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