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 Publishers, Inc.

Nonfiction—the "fourth genre" (along with poetry, fiction, and drama)—is a literary field affecting bestseller lists, writing programs, writers' workshops, and conferences on the study of creative writing, composition/rhetoric, and literature. It is often labeled and/or limited as "creative" or "literary" nonfiction and subdivided into essay, memoir,

Overview

Nonfiction—the "fourth genre" (along with poetry, fiction, and drama)—is a literary field affecting bestseller lists, writing programs, writers' workshops, and conferences on the study of creative writing, composition/rhetoric, and literature. It is often labeled and/or limited as "creative" or "literary" nonfiction and subdivided into essay, memoir, literary journalism, personal cultural criticism, and narratives of nature and travel. A vital and growing form, nonfiction has, until now, 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 explanation of the nonfiction motive, Robert Root discusses the use of experimental forms, the effects of present and past tense and experiential and reflective voices, and the issue of truth. He provides groundbreaking 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742556188
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
713,672
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 The Nature of Nonfiction Chapter 3 2 Not the Design of the Author Chapter 4 3 The Experimental Art Chapter 5 4 The Art of Seeing Chapter 6 5 Collage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment Chapter 7 6 This Is What the Spaces Say Chapter 8 7 Immediacy Chapter 9 8 Distance Chapter 10 9 Writing by Ear Chapter 11 10 Place Chapter 12 11 Truth Chapter 13 12 Last Words Last Chapter 14 Notes and References

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