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Humanities 2016, 5(2), 28; doi:10.3390/h5020028

Transcultural Space and the Writer

Department of Western Languages and Literature, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Kepez 17100, Turkey
Academic Editor: Bernd Fischer
Received: 15 February 2016 / Revised: 18 April 2016 / Accepted: 25 April 2016 / Published: 5 May 2016
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(1) As a long time writer, I always found, even before I began to publish, that my work was difficult to categorise, even while categories seemed essential for publication, reception and visibility. (2) In this personal essay, I apply the notion of the transcultural to a short writing [auto]biography. The methodology adopted for this purpose is a form of autoethnography: “a form of self-reflection and writing that explores the researcher’s personal experience and connects this autobiographical story to wider cultural, political, and social meanings and understandings”1 to explore how my immigrant background and transcultural lived experience is reflected in my creative writing, and to give an account of how my literary output has been placed in various but always restrictive pre-existing categories. I am also encouraged by Mikhail Epstein’s proposed “scriptorics”, the study of the one who writes Each section of the essay is divided into two: the first sections provide a succinct version of the issues in a developing writer’s life, framed by the need for the practice and production to “belong” somewhere; the second sections take them to a posited “Transcultural Space” where the work seems more authentically to have originated and in which it seems to be more perceptively read. (3) The result is not so much a conventional academic article as a fiction writer’s reflection on her work in the embrace of an inclusive and meaning-making realm. View Full-Text
Keywords: transcultural space; transculturalism; fiction and transculture; scriptorics and transculture; experimental writing; feminism and transculture transcultural space; transculturalism; fiction and transculture; scriptorics and transculture; experimental writing; feminism and transculture
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