• Foreword

      Silverman, Jon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017-09-20)
    • Augmenting creative design thinking using networks of concepts

      Georgiev, Georgi; Yamada, Kaori; Taura, Toshiharu; Kostakos, Vassilis; Pouke, Matti; Tzvetanova Yung, Sylvia; Ojala, Timo; University of Oulu; Kobe University; University of Bedfordshire (IEEE Computer Society, 2017-04-06)
      Here we propose an interactive system to augment creative design thinking using networks of concepts in a virtual reality environment. We discuss how to augment the human capacity to be creative through dynamic suggestions providing new and original ideas, based on specific semantic network characteristics. We outline directions to explore the structures of the concept network and their connection to creative concept generation. It is expected that augmented creative thinking will allow the user to have more original ideas and thus be more innovative.
    • The limits of childhood: young adult and crossover fiction

      Walsh, Clare; Pinsent, Pat; University of Bedfordshire; University of Roehampton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016-04-08)
    • Media capital or media deficit? : representations of women in leadership roles in old and new media

      Walsh, Clare; University of Bedfordshire (Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2015-11-05)
      This paper will focus primarily on how women in leadership roles are represented in the media using a feminist critical discourse approach (FCDA). There is a tendency amongst some feminist media analysts to homogenise all media as sexist, but contradictory tendencies are evident, especially with the rise of new media platforms. On the one hand, the news value of “unexpectedness” affords women in prominent leadership roles relatively high media capital. On the other hand, even ostensibly positive coverage can help to reinforce the limited and limiting perceptions of women that circulate in the mediatised public sphere. For instance, the hybridised gendered interactional and rhetorical styles favoured by many women in public sphere roles have led to them being evaluated as inauthentic by mainstream media institutions. This paper will investigate these contradictory tendencies through a focus on case study evidence of dominant media constructions of British, Irish, and US female political leaders. The paper will conclude by considering briefly the use of Twitter, blogs, and other new media platforms by high profile women in politics in order to bypass the persistent interpretative control exercised by some mainstream media institutions. Introduction
    • 'Pleasure balks, bliss appears' or 'The apparatus shines like a blade' : towards a theory of a progressive reading praxis in creative writing pedagogy

      Jarvis, Timothy (Australasian Association of Writing Progams, 2011-11-01)
      This article argues that a reformation of Creative Writing’s reading praxis is required if it is to develop its unique potential as a field of intellectual enquiry. Roland Barthes, in his essay ‘On Reading’, identifies three types of reading pleasure. The third of these modes is that of ‘Writing’, in which ‘reading is a conductor of the Desire to write’. Of this mode, Barthes writes: Is this pleasure of production an elitist pleasure, reserved only to potential writers? In our society, a society of consumption and not production, a society of reading … and not a society of writing ... everything is done to block the answer ... my profound and -constant conviction is that it will never be possible to liberate reading if, in the same impulse, we do not liberate writing. (Barthes 1989: 41) It is the contention of the author of this article that the teaching of the ‘reading as a writer’ method in Creative Writing classrooms gives rise to a situation the inverse of that Barthes describes; it makes Creative Writing into a ‘society of writing’ in which reading is trammelled. The article explores and critiques the ‘reading as a writer’ technique, examines various progressive models of Creative Writing reading praxis, and proposes a radical ‘writerly reading’ praxis suggested by concepts from the work of Michel de Certeau. Keywords: Pedagogy, 'reading as a writer', experimental fiction
    • Beyond medium specificity: adaptations, cross-media practices and branded entertainments [editorial]

      Murray, Simone; Weedon, Alexis; University of Bedfordshire; Monash University (SAGE, 2009-05-01)
    • Shifting notions of convergence [Editorial]

      Knight, Julia; Weedon, Alexis; University of Bedfordshire; University of Sunderland (SAGE, 2009-01-01)