Nightmares in the engine room

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Goodall, Jane. 2009. "Nightmares in the engine room." Smith, Hazel and Dean, Roger T. (ed.) Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts. Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 200-207
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Nightmares in the engine room

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1755
Book TitlePractice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts
AuthorGoodall, Jane
EditorsSmith, Hazel and Dean, Roger T.
Page Range200-207
SeriesResearch Methods for the Arts and Humanities
Chapter Number10
Number of Pages8
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, United Kingdom

'Research' is something of a buzzword among writers of popular novels. It is a topic often brought up at literary festivals among panels of authors who are concerned about being taken seriously. Specialist knowledge of certain kinds has a high value in the book-selling stakes: any fiction writer who has flown an aircraft or conducted brain surgery, who has a background in foreign affairs or espionage, or who has travelled in extreme environments is seen to have 'done their research' and is respected accordingly. In other words, research is assumed to be practice-led and understood to be the factual dimension of a fictional work; the writer's job is to make that dimension intriguing or adventurous.

Keywordsmodern fiction; research; authenticity; creative process; storyline; plot; characters
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470530. Stylistics and textual analysis
470502. Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
360201. Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Western Sydney
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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