New book, In Cite: Epistemologies of Creative Writing. A few of you out there have been anticipating it. I hope you enjoy it. If not all of it, then at least some. It has its moments, I can say, since I wrote it myself. The readers have also had good things to say about it. A grand thanks especially to Patrick Blackburn for a very thorough review. Not even a a comma was left unturned. And then there's that compliment, featured also on the back cover. Oh, well, it really can't get any better. It goes to show: some logicians do get the whole thing and then some.

Here's the editorial text and the man's words:

The epistemic creative writer is not merely an expressive writer, a writer who writes for creative writing programs at diverse university colleges. Rather, the epistemic creative writer is the writer who understands that in order to say something useful you must step out of the space that engages your ego. Awareness of what really matters comes from the contemplation of the futility of words. Before the word there is silence. After the word there is silence. But during the word there is knowledge that can be made crystal clear. This book is about extracting what writing means to a few writers who formulate ideas about creative writing without, however, making claims to instruction. Can creative writing that produces knowledge be taught without a method? Samuel Beckett, Raymond Federman, Gertrude Stein, Jacques Lacan, Frank O'Hara, Douglas Hofstadter, Brian Rotman, Herman Melville, Kathy Acker, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Markson, Andrei Codrescu, and a host of others, gather here to offer an answer.

"Camelia Elias speaks to the reader from that place where the language of the birds becomes the language of silence." (Patrick Blackburn, Professor of Formal Logic, Roskilde University).

This book served as my Dr.Phil. dissertation, successfully defended in January 2014 at Roskilde University.  The committee accepted the dissertation as is, and demanded no revisions whatsoever. A rare case... I had a blast at the public defence, even though it took over 4 hours of examination.

EyeCorner Press (March 11, 2013).


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