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Creative Writing and Critical Thinking: From a Romantic to a Sociocritical View on Creative Writing

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter offers a brief outlook on the postwar history of writing pedagogy in order to show that writing instruction always has links to societal needs, and ideologies. In this book, creative writing is positioned from an earlier, somewhat romantic view, creative writing isplaced in a sociocritical framework for critical purposes, informed by Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky’s theories about learning as social. Critical thinking is framed as the writer’s capacity to encompass prototypical representations in language and in narrative texts. It is based on the American philosopher Martha Nussbaum’s definition of critical thinking as including critical self-reflection through the narrative imagination, but exceeding it to include a capacity for metareflection about writing.

Keywords

Writing pedagogy Writing instruction Expressive writing Elbow Vygotsky Nussbaum Critical self-reflection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Södertörn UniversityStockholmSweden

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