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Literature and the Creative Economy$
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Sarah Brouillette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789486

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789486.001.0001

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The Strange Case of the Writer-Consultant

The Strange Case of the Writer-Consultant

6 The Strange Case of the Writer-Consultant
Literature and the Creative Economy

Sarah Brouillette

Stanford University Press

This chapter considers writers who take up commissions to work with property developers on urban renewal schemes. The rise of the writer-consultant clearly signals the use of culture as an aid to gentrification. Yet writers’ own thinking about their work as consultants suggests that they are quite concerned about the precise relationship between art and the official development establishment. Writers’ descriptions of their commissioned work, along with the work they produce in response to commissions, either evince some hesitant hope that they might have a progressive impact on regeneration, or suggest that they are content to be the sanctioned opposition to the process.

Keywords:   urban regeneration, gentrification, property development, culture-led renewal, aesthetic autonomy

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