The Burial

Baker, Dallas John (2014) The Burial. [A Creative/Applied Media collection]

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The essay that follows is an experiment in writing short memoir. At the heart of my thinking and experimentation for this piece was the idea that memoir, unlike some other kinds of writing, relies very heavily on memory. This is quite an obvious point, but one that set me to thinking about the qualities of memory itself. Memory is partial, fragmentary, and often hazy or veiled. Another, quite significant, aspect of memory is that it is not immediate; it is somewhat distant or indirect. That distant aspect of memory is what facilitates and inspires creative and critical reflection. For me, writing is more able to privilege a reflective distance than visual mediums. While writing this piece then, I wanted to foreground ways of describing action that brought forward those unique aspects of memory. This is reflected in the piece in a distance around action that mirrors the way we recall and retell events from the past.

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Item Type: A Creative/Applied Media collection
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 02:23
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2018 02:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: creative writing, memoir, reflexivity
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14790726.2013.871038

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