The Nonfictionist's Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction

The Nonfictionist's Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction

by Robert Root
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742556182

ISBN-13: 9780742556188

Pub. Date: 07/15/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

A vital and growing form, nonfiction has needed a sustained discussion about its poetics-both the theory and the craft of this genre. The Nonfictionist's Guide offers a lively exploration of the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Each chapter on a vital aspect of contemporary nonfiction concludes with a separate…  See more details below

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A vital and growing form, nonfiction has needed a sustained discussion about its poetics-both the theory and the craft of this genre. The Nonfictionist's Guide offers a lively exploration of the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Each chapter on a vital aspect of contemporary nonfiction concludes with a separate section of relevant notes for nonfictionists. Beginning with a new definition of nonfiction and an explanation of the nonfiction motive, this book discusses the use of experimental forms, the effects of present and past tense and experiential and reflective voices, and the issue of truth. Robert Root provides ground-breaking explorations of the segmented essay and the role of spaces as an essential literary device, guiding both readers and writers through the innovative and stimulating ways we write nonfiction now.

About the Author:
Robert Root is a writer, editor, and teacher. A professor emeritus of English at Central Michigan University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742556188
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
07/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,013,176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1 The Nature of Nonfiction 1

Notes for Nonfictionists: Last Words First 14

2 Not the Design of the Author 19

Notes for Nonfictionists: The Design of the Author 26

3 The Experimental Art 29

Notes for Nonfictionists: Experimenting 38

4 The Art of Seeing 43

Notes for Nonfictionists: Seeing 60

5 Collage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment 65

Notes for Nonfictionists: Segmenting 82

6 This is What the Spaces Say 85

Notes for Nonfictionists: Structure 88

7 Immediacy 95

Notes for Nonfictionists: Immediacy 112

8 Distance 117

Notes for Nonfictionists: Distance 130

9 Writing by Ear 135

Notes For Nonfictionists: Writing By Ear 150

10 Place 155

Notes for Nonfictionists: Place 170

11 Truth 177

Notes for Nonfictionists: Truth 192

12 Last Words Last 197

Notes for Nonfictionists: Last Words for Readers 198

Notes for Nonfictionists: Last Words for Writers 200

Notes and References 203

Index 217

About the Author 223

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