Authors on Writing

Metaphors and Intellectual Labor

  • Barbara┬áTomlinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 1-5
  3. Metaphor and Cultures of Composing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 9-31
    3. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 32-50
    4. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 51-71
    5. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 72-93
  4. The Apparatus of Authorship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 97-112
    3. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 113-124
    4. Barbara Tomlinson
      Pages 125-131
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 132-233

About this book


Drawing on some 3,000 published interviews with contemporary authors, Authors on Writing: Metaphors and Intellectual Labor reveals new ways of conceiving of writing as intellectual labor. Authors' metaphorical stories about composing highlight not interior worlds but socially situated cultures of composing and apparatuses of authorship. Through an original method of interpreting metaphorical stories, Tomlinson argues that writing is both an individual activity and a collective practice, a solitary activity that depends upon rich, sustained, and complex social networks, institutions, and beliefs. This new book draws upon interviews with writers including: Seamus Heaney, Roald Dahl, Samuel Beckett, Bret Easton Ellis, John Fowles, Allen Ginsburg, Alice Walker and Gore Vidal.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara┬áTomlinson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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