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‘Language speaking the subject speaking the arts’: New possibilities for interdisciplinarity in Arts/English education: Explorations in three-dimensional storytelling
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Nicole AnaeNicole Anae
This paper presents a theorised classroom-based account discussing the author’s interdisciplinary approach to engaging first-year teacher-education students in self-critical inquiry using creative writing techniques as an entry point into Arts-based three-dimensional storytelling. Via an interpretation of Lacan’s ‘speaking subject’—combined with theories of the postmodern ‘self’—the discussion explores the creative potential of autoethnography as a practice of self-reflection, writing, artistic expression and three-dimensional storytelling. Here, particular examples of students’ works are provided to exemplify the power of this interdisciplinary Arts/English methodology to facilitate students’ opportunities to: a) self-narrate and self-examine personal experience with a view to understanding and visually expressing the personal and public self; and b) utilise creative writing techniques in tandem with Arts-based forms of visual expression to raise questions about how language, dimensionality, and the Arts might intersect to construct and narrate individual subjectivity, and the implications for understanding professional identity.
Number of Pages28
JournalEnglish Teaching : Practice and Critique