Old and New, Tried and Untried

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  • Title: Old and New, Tried and Untried: Creativity and Research in the 21st Century
  • Author(s): Andrew Melrose, Jen Webb
  • Editor(s): Jeri Kroll,
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Year: 2016
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-840-5
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-841-2
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-61229-841-2/CGP
  • Citation: Kroll, Jeri, Andrew Melrose, and Jen Webb, eds. 2016. Old and New, Tried and Untried: Creativity and Research in the 21st Century. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-841-2/CGP.
  • Extent: 160 pages


Throughout the twentieth century, the world of higher education appeared to be stable and familiar. Universities delivered education and research under well-established discipline headings, and art schools delivered craft and field knowledge. Toward the end of that century, the relationship between the academy and the creative arts sector changed, and the role of teachers of creative practice and the expectations of tertiary creative arts courses changed with it. The past decades have been characterized by an ongoing debate about the respective value of teaching, creative practice, and research—particularly about the capacity of the arts to deliver research. This volume, from a distinguished list of academic writers and creators, offers contributions to these dialogues, as well as analyses of the international environment for the creative arts in the academy and the key government policies currently shaping the field. “Questions regarding the relationship between creative practice and academic research continue to be vexed—and no less pressing. The essays in this volume are a welcome contribution to the ongoing process of shaping the future of creative writing research degrees.” -Professor Neil McCaw, commissioning editor Winchester University Press “History shows us universities are essential to the pursuit of discovery. This book reminds us that to separate creative activities from research is to substantially diminish such a pursuit. Rather, we should be celebrating our many wonderful creative-critical conversations.” -Professor Graeme Harper, editor New Writing “This volume represents a timely (and international) exploration of the complex relationships between teaching, research and practice in the modern HE sector, and offers a serious contribution to current arguments about the value of creativity.” -Professor Steve May, Vice Dean Provost for the College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University