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Academia in Fact and Fiction

Edited By Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim and Merritt Moseley

«Academia in Fact and Fiction» comprises twenty-eight essays on the relationship(s) between the university and the practice of belles lettres. The collection includes studies of the teaching of fiction by university professors; the fit – or misfit – between the creative writer and the academy; the depiction of the university, its staff and atmosphere, in literature, cinema and new media; and the varieties of academic fiction ranging from the ludic and satirical to the tragic. Most of the works addressed in the volume are British or American, modern or contemporary, but the historical range extends to Victorian and Shakespearian works, and the geographical range includes novels and poems from Russia, New Zealand, and Nigeria. Among the genres discussed are, in addition to the «literary novel», plays, detective fiction, fanfiction, utopias, mysteries and alternative history. The contributors are international and cosmopolitan.

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Creative Writing: A Tool for Exercising Civil Presence (Izabela Morska (University of Gdansk))

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Izabela Morska

Creative Writing: A Tool for Exercising Civil Presence

Synopsis: The author of the essay – a novelist, a scholar and a creative writing teacher herself – argues in what follows that creative writing should be viewed as an important method of socializing students and forming their right attitudes and strong opinions.

I am going to discuss certain educational benefits of creative writing to argue that creative writing, as an educational tool, could play an important role in preparing students to function in a civil and diverse society. Implemented in primary and high schools along with other types of art education, creative writing provides students with the agency to imagine their surroundings as alterable, no longer subject to fate, but open to improvement and change.

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