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Computer-aided constrained writing

Driver, S J (2019) Computer-aided constrained writing. PhD thesis, University of Essex.


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How can computers aid human creative processes without impinging on human creativity? I enjoy writing poetry, and I do not want to be made obsolete by an artificial poet. But what if computers could help rather than replace me? I want creative control over my work. All the creative decisions are to be mine, but creative choices alone do not make a poem. Choices must also be implemented. In this thesis I shall explore the role of computer-aids within a creative workflow, specifically when employing writing constraints, such as those defined by the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (OuLiPo). I am approaching this topic both as a creative writer and a computer scientist. I shall investigate the how of constrained writing and the what of computer-aids through practical experimentation and observation. From these foundations I shall argue that computers need not impinge on human creativity and that a human:computer partnership may take advantage of the strengths of each while mitigating the weaknesses of the other. I shall discuss what must be considered when designing such computer-aids and explore how this could be implemented within a software application.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer-aided, creative writing, Oulipo, writing constraints, software engineering, interdisciplinary, visual poetry
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Steph Driver
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 09:30

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