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What Counts as New?

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Original languageEnglish
JournalTEXT: The Journal of Writers and Writing Courses
IssueSpecial Issue 40
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017


The paper uses the form of an interview with editorial comments to take a multi-vocal approach to discussing creativity in research. This allows interrogation, statement and intertextuality to occupy the same dialogic space. Aspects of creativity in research are compared to traditional notions of creativity in studio art and more contemporary claims of creativity in business and innovation. Two visualisations of the relationship between creativity and comprehension are proposed, leading to a claim for a ‘ scale of creativity’. Finally, studio art is proposed as a reverse function of academic art owing to being a solution in search of a question.


Michael Biggs, 'What counts as new?', TEXT, vol. 40, Special Issue: Making it new: Finding contemporary meanings for creativity, April 2017,


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