Mark McGurl


On his book The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing

Cover Interview of September 06, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Institutions are the medium of collective human endeavor.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The stressful relation between creativity and the institution came to define so many postwar literary careers, and bubbles beneath so many postwar literary works.”

On the second:

“Schools have tried to enlist themselves in support of that ultimate form of individualism—creative writing.”