Freewriting’s Surrealist ancestry
I also bring an academic angle to these large (and sincere) claims for freewriting.
As a university lecturer of Literature and Creative Writing of 30 years, I’ve researched the writers, artists and film-makers of the Surrealist movement of the 1920s and 1930s and I am continually amazed at how rarely freewriting is discussed as the direct descendant of Surrealist automatic writing.
Even the utterly wonderful Natalie Goldberg, whose “writing practice” is a version of freewriting, doesn’t mention the surrealist philosophy underlying her method. So, without embarking on any long-winded lectures, my blog explores the origins of freewriting in Surrealism, and in Freud’s ideas about the unconscious that the Surrealists drew upon.
Surrealist art is a passion of mine and in particular I admire women Surrealists such as Leonora Carrington and Meret Oppenheim. I admire these wonderful artists so much in fact, that I have written a novel about them. As a feminist I am committed to fighting for recognition of these neglected women, so you’ll find them cropping up frequently here.