Stretching the Boundaries of Words: Fractal Art Theory and the Writing of Poetry

By Kathleen E. Dusenbery.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper examines, explores, and interrogates the success of using fractal art theory in a poetry writing seminar. In the spring of 2005, I used Susan Conde's essay "What is Fractal Art?" and "Chaos" by James Gleick to stimulate experiments in my writing. This paper discusses the exciting possibilities that this theory presents for written art, and also the implications of applying visual art theory to poetics.

Keywords: Poetry, Creative Writing, Fractals, Writing Seminars, Visual Art

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.57-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 705.026KB).

Kathleen E. Dusenbery

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English Department, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

I'm a doctoral candidate in English Studies at Illinois State University, a multifaceted program which asks students to examine English through multiple lenses, with a strong focus on pedagogy. I have an M.S. from ISU in creative writing, am a writing teacher and poet. My research interests are cognitive poetics theory and creative writing pedagogy, and the application of visual arts theory to writing.


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