Archive for April 30th, 2009

woolf-author-trail-mapArtistic creation is a voyage into the unknown, says creative writing teacher and fiction writer Peter Turchi.

Turchi operates from the premise that writers and other artists are explorers — mapmakers who try to show their readers and viewers where they are and how to get to where they want to go, according to Geeta Sharma-Jensen’s review in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer is Turchi’s meditation on human creativity. In it, Turchi enlists  various figures from the ancient Greeks to the Road Runner to show how writers such as Woolf guide readers through their imaginary worlds.

Turchi focuses on Mrs. Dalloway, discussing Clarissa’s “neural shimmer” and the “mental map” that Clarissa’s thoughts illustrate in Woolf’s novel.

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