Dig if U Will the Picture...

WILLIAM COWAN

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    Abstract

    A piece of practice-based research, responding to the academic questions posed by "Purple Reign: an interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince" organised by Salford University 24-26 May 2017. The story shows how a creative writer approached the challenge of writing about a contemporary artist; how reflecting upon a contemporary artist like Prince inspired a personal piece of writing that attempts to reveal not only aspects of the artist but aspects of the writer. Inherently, the story also raises questions about the legitimacy, relevance and truth of such a piece; does the story actually tell us anything about the artist and their work or just the writer? How do we view such a piece – fiction, non-fiction, memoir, auto-fiction, and how does this affect its legitimacy or relevance as cultural, historical artefact? Does the story add new knowledge to the artist’s life and work? What is the value and impact of such writing?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPurple Reign
    EditorsUrsula Hurley
    Place of PublicationLiverpool
    PublisherErbacce-Press
    Pages17-24
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-912455-09-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • Prince
    • Fiction
    • auto-fiction
    • memoir
    • Non-Fiction

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