[csaa-forum] Creativity, Communication, and Cultural value

Nike Bourke n.bourke at qut.edu.au
Wed Sep 22 12:18:00 CST 2004

Hey Danny,

I'm not sure how useful it will be to you, but one that you might consider 
is Kevin Brophy's book 'Creativity: Psychoanalysis, Surrealism and Creative 
Writing', while it does focus on Creative Writing rather than the more 
generic creative practice it may be useful for you in its discussions of 


At 02:30 PM 22/09/2004 +1200, you wrote:
>I just finished " Creativity, Communication, and Cultural value" by Keith
>Negus and Michael Pickering (Sage 2004), and I wondered if anyone could
>recommend any more useful general overview books on creative practice that
>might be useful to late undergrads or early postgrads.
>I was so disappointed in the book that I can't even bring myself to write a
>review - half of it consists of warnings about the limitations of a
>sociological approach to creativity, without taking any specific writers to
>task; their epistemological references are almost universally white, male,
>and canonical; a whole chapter on "experience" - in its usual cultural
>studies guise of "that which eludes theorisation but I'll talk about it
>anyway" - that completely misses a few decades of feminist work
>foregrounding an experiential approach to cultural material; and they even
>try and rehabilitate the idea of "genius" (once again, with the "don't throw
>the baby out with the bathwater" response to feminist scholarship, rather
>than theoretical engagement). And don't get me started on the editing!
>OK, well I hadn't intended to be so critical - there are some good quotes
>and references... it just seems dangerous to let stuff like this in the
>hands of impressionable students :). Anyway I was just looking for general
>discussions of creativity  that might be useful; preferably acknowledging
>the very diverse, culturally located perspectives on creativity, and perhaps
>covering both more sociological approaches as well as the philosophy of
>aesthetics. [Maybe McRobbie's new book will be what I'm after?]
>#place: location, cultural politics, and social technologies:
>discussion list of the cultural studies association of australasia

Dr Nike Bourke
Creative Writing and Cultural Studies
Creative Industries Faculty
I213, Kelvin Grove Campus
GPO Box 2434, Brisbane QLD 4001
Ph: 07 38649626
Email: n.bourke at qut.edu.au

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