An imaginary voyage: pandemic approaches to virtual exploration, embodiment, and creative practice

Taylor and Francis Group
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New Writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, 2022, 19, (3), pp. 338-346
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In the lockdown era researchers and writers must engage in new ways of working especially in the realm of field work On the ground field work is a key characteristic of much diasporic third generation Holocaust literature place becomes a substitute for experience and a key aspect of connection to history But when a pandemic hits what is to be done when international travel becomes impossible This paper explores the medium of virtual field work in lieu of an on the ground expedition the writer researcher engages in virtual exploration situated between documentary material and imagined worlds Through this analysis I argue that virtual field work can offer a unique multi faceted field work experience and given the similar necessity for imagination as a tool for connection lends itself to the third generation Holocaust writer s investigation 2021 Informa UK Limited trading as Taylor Francis Group
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