Dallas John Baker. 2012. (Re)Scripting the Self: Subjectivity, Creative and Critical Practice and the Pedagogy of Writing.Thesis (PhD Doctorate), Griffith University, Brisbane.
This PhD research focuses on Queer Theory and its application to subjectivity in the
contexts of creative practice, Practice-Led Research (PLR) and Creative Writing
pedagogy. One of the principal concerns of the project is how a queered PLR might
foreground subjectivity as a practice in itself and view both creative practice and
critical research as components in an “ethics of the self” (Foucault 1978) or “selfbricolage”
In this context, creative practice is conceived as an intervention into subjectivity and
creative works are framed as artefacts that both document this interventional process
and express or disseminate new subjectivities arising from that process. In a similar
vein, research in the Creative Arts is seen as a performative act that includes affect
(produced through engagement with both creative and critical texts) as a form of
knowledge. As with creative practice, this kind of research informs the ongoing
constitution of subjectivity.
The research project also explores the notion of effeminacy as a liminal masculinity of
considerable discursive potency that simultaneously disrupts both masculinity and
femininity. This exploration is undertaken in relation to the Southern Gothic genre of
literature, cinema and television.