Dig if U will the Picture: Writing about Prince or Writing about the Self.

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Abstract

A creative response to the legacy of the pop icon, Prince. 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
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2017
EventWriting About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities - University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Oct 201722 Oct 2017

Conference

ConferenceWriting About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGuildford
Period20/10/1722/10/17

Keywords

  • non-fiction
  • memoir
  • short story
  • creative response
  • identity

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    Cowan, B. (2017). Dig if U will the Picture: Writing about Prince or Writing about the Self.. Paper presented at Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities, Guildford, United Kingdom. http://www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/workshops/artistswriting/programme.php