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This best-selling anthology is a comprehensive and indispensable introduction to the way creative nonfiction is written today.
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In this anthology for "beginning the conversation" in courses in non-fiction creative writing, Root (Central Michigan U.) and Steinberg (Michigan State U.) showcase contemporary creative nonfiction as a still evolving genre employing many of the techniques of fiction, poetry, and drama. The readings in three sections allowing for flexible sequencing encompass the form's full spectrum: memoirs and personal essays, literary journalism, and academic/cultural criticism. Indexed by author, title, and form. Brief biographies of the wonderfully diverse contributors would have been welcome. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205337156
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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PREFACE: BEGINNING THE CONVERSATION

INTRODUCTION: CREATIVE NONFICTION, THE FOURTH GENRE.

PART I. WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION.

*Andre Aciman, “In Search of Proust.”

Phyllis Barber, “Oh Say Can You See.”

Mary Clearman Blew, “The Unwanted Child.”

*Lisa D. Chavez, “Independence Day, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.”

*Michelle Cliff, “History as Fiction, Fiction as History.”

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Silent Dancing.”

Frank Conroy, “Running the Table.”

Annie Dillard, “Living Like Weasels.”

Gretel Ehrlich, “From a Sheepherder's Notebook: Three Days.”

*Dagoberto Gilb, “Northeast Direct.”

*Gail Griffin, “Oval.”

Patricia Hampl, “Parish Streets.”

Vicki Hearne, “Can An Ape Tell a Joke?”

*Linda Hogan, “Walking.”

Pico Iyer, “Where Worlds Collide.”

*Nicole Lamy, “Life in Motion".

Phillip Lopate, “Portrait of My Body.”

*Bret Lott, “Brothers.”

John McPhee, “From Birnham Wood to Dunsinane.”

*Michele Morano, “The Queimada.”

Kathleen Norris, “Celibate Passions.”

Naomi Shibab Nye, “Three Pokes of a Thistle.”

*Lucia Perillo, “When the Body Falls Apart on the Academic Stage.”

Brenda Petersen, “Animal Allies.”

*Chet Raymo, “Celebrating Creation.”

Scott Russell Sanders, “Cloud Crossing.”

Reg Saner, “Pliny and the Mountain Mouse.”

*Mimi Schwartz, “My FatherAlways Said.”

Richard Selzer, “The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold.”

Nancy Sommers, “I Stand Here Writing.”

*Michael Steinberg, “Chin Music.”

Jane Tompkins, “At the Buffalo Bill Museum.”

Susan Allen Toth, “Going to the Movies.”

*Jesse Wegman, “Six Days.”

Nancy Willard, “The Friendship Tarot.”

PART II. TALKING ABOUT CREATIVE NONFICTION

Jocelyn Bartkevicius, “The Landscape of Nonfiction.”

Mary Clearman Blew, “The Art of Memoir.”

Annie Dillard, “To Fashion a Text.”

Rebecca Blevins Faery, “On the Possibilities of the Essay.”

*Lee Gutkind, “Why I Chose the Creative Nonfiction Way of Life.”

Patricia Hampl, “Memory and Imagination.”

*Peter M. Ives, “The Whole Truth.”

Tracy Kidder, “Courting the Approval of the Dead.”

Fern Kupfer, “Everything But the Truth?”

Sydney Lea, “What We Didn't Know We Knew.”

Phillip Lopate, “What Happened to the Personal Essay?”

*Bret Lott, “Toward a Definition of Creative Nonfiction.”

*Michael Pearson, “The Other Creative Writing.”

*Robert L. Root, Jr., “Beyond Linearity: Writing the Segmented Essay.”

Scott Russell Sanders, “The Singular First Person.”

*Mimi Schwartz, “Memoir? Fiction? Where's the Line?”

Richard Selzer, “The Exact Location of the Soul.”

Jane Tompkins, “Me and My Shadow"

Marianna Torgovnick, “Experimental Critical Writing.”

PART III. COMPOSING CREATIVE NONFICTION

Emily Chase, “Warping Time with Montaigne.”

Emily Chase, “Notes From a Journey toward 'Warping Time.'”

Simone Poirier-Bures, “That Shining Place: Crete 1966.”

Simone Poirier-Bures, “Afterword: The Greece Piece.”

Mary Elizabeth Pope, “Teacher Training.”

Mary Elizabeth Pope, “Composing 'Teacher Training.'”

Maureen Stanton, “Zion.”

Maureen Stanton, “On Writing 'Zion.'”

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Table of Contents

Alternative Contents: Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction
Preface: Beginning the Conversation
Introduction: Creative Nonfiction, the Fourth Genre
Pt. 1 Writing Creative Nonfiction 1
Oh Say Can You See? 5
The Unwanted Child 11
Silent Dancing 21
Running the Table 28
Aerial Reconnaissance 33
Living Like Weasels 41
From a Sheepherder's Notebook: Three Days 44
Parish Streets 48
Can an Ape Tell a Joke? 55
Fraternity 65
Where Worlds Collide 69
On the Bubble 79
Portrait of My Body 91
Carnal Acts 98
From Birnam Wood to Dunsinane 106
From Outside, In 112
Amid Onions and Oranges, a Boy Becomes a Man 121
Celibate Passions 123
Three Pokes of a Thistle 128
Animal Allies 132
Late Victorians 137
Designs for Escape 149
Cloud Crossing 155
Pliny and the Mountain Mouse 160
The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold 166
In the Combat Zone 170
I Stand Here Writing 176
Trading Off: A Memoir 184
Vessel of Last Resort 200
Seven Wonders 207
At the Buffalo Bill Museum, June 1988 212
Going to the Movies 226
Fireworks to Praise a Homemade Day 229
The Friendship Tarot 237
Pt. 2 Talking about Creative Nonfiction 243
Late Night Thoughts on Writing and Teaching Essays 245
The Landscape of Creative Nonfiction 252
The Art of Memoir 259
The Faith 263
To Fashion a Text 270
About Personal Expressive Academic Writing 279
On the Possibilities of the Essay: A Meditation 290
Memory and Imagination 297
Courting the Approval of the Dead 306
Excavations 319
Everything But the Truth? 327
What We Didn't Know We Knew 330
What Happened to the Personal Essay? 337
'Creative Nonfiction': What's in a Name? 345
One Writer's Secrets 351
College, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment 358
The Singular First Person 369
The Exact Location of the Soul 378
Me and My Shadow 382
Experimental Critical Writing 396
Pt. 3 Composing Creative Nonfiction 401
Warping Time with Montaigne 405
Notes from a Journey toward 'Warping Time' 411
That Shining Place: Crete, 1966 419
Afterword: Writing 'The Greece Piece' 428
Teacher Training 434
Composing 'Teacher Training' 440
Zion 447
On Writing 'Zion' 454
Alternative Contents: Approaches to Writing and Discussing Creative Nonfiction 459
Index 463
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Preface

PREFACE: BEGINNING THE CONVERSATION

INTRODUCTION: CREATIVE NONFICTION, THE FOURTH GENRE.

PART I. WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION.

*Andre Aciman, “In Search of Proust.”

Phyllis Barber, “Oh Say Can You See.”

Mary Clearman Blew, “The Unwanted Child.”

*Lisa D. Chavez, “Independence Day, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.”

*Michelle Cliff, “History as Fiction, Fiction as History.”

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “Silent Dancing.”

Frank Conroy, “Running the Table.”

Annie Dillard, “Living Like Weasels.”

Gretel Ehrlich, “From a Sheepherder's Notebook: Three Days.”

*Dagoberto Gilb, “Northeast Direct.”

*Gail Griffin, “Oval.”

Patricia Hampl, “Parish Streets.”

Vicki Hearne, “Can An Ape Tell a Joke?”

*Linda Hogan, “Walking.”

Pico Iyer, “Where Worlds Collide.”

*Nicole Lamy, “Life in Motion".

Phillip Lopate, “Portrait of My Body.”

*Bret Lott, “Brothers.”

John McPhee, “From Birnham Wood to Dunsinane.”

*Michele Morano, “The Queimada.”

Kathleen Norris, “Celibate Passions.”

Naomi Shibab Nye, “Three Pokes of a Thistle.”

*Lucia Perillo, “When the Body Falls Apart on the Academic Stage.”

Brenda Petersen, “Animal Allies.”

*Chet Raymo, “Celebrating Creation.”

Scott Russell Sanders, “Cloud Crossing.”

Reg Saner, “Pliny and the Mountain Mouse.”

*Mimi Schwartz, “MyFatherAlways Said.”

Richard Selzer, “The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold.”

Nancy Sommers, “I Stand Here Writing.”

*Michael Steinberg, “Chin Music.”

Jane Tompkins, “At the Buffalo Bill Museum.”

Susan Allen Toth, “Going to the Movies.”

*Jesse Wegman, “Six Days.”

Nancy Willard, “The Friendship Tarot.”

PART II. TALKING ABOUT CREATIVE NONFICTION

Jocelyn Bartkevicius, “The Landscape of Nonfiction.”

Mary Clearman Blew, “The Art of Memoir.”

Annie Dillard, “To Fashion a Text.”

Rebecca Blevins Faery, “On the Possibilities of the Essay.”

*Lee Gutkind, “Why I Chose the Creative Nonfiction Way of Life.”

Patricia Hampl, “Memory and Imagination.”

*Peter M. Ives, “The Whole Truth.”

Tracy Kidder, “Courting the Approval of the Dead.”

Fern Kupfer, “Everything But the Truth?”

Sydney Lea, “What We Didn't Know We Knew.”

Phillip Lopate, “What Happened to the Personal Essay?”

*Bret Lott, “Toward a Definition of Creative Nonfiction.”

*Michael Pearson, “The Other Creative Writing.”

*Robert L. Root, Jr., “Beyond Linearity: Writing the Segmented Essay.”

Scott Russell Sanders, “The Singular First Person.”

*Mimi Schwartz, “Memoir? Fiction? Where's the Line?”

Richard Selzer, “The Exact Location of the Soul.”

Jane Tompkins, “Me and My Shadow"

Marianna Torgovnick, “Experimental Critical Writing.”

PART III. COMPOSING CREATIVE NONFICTION

Emily Chase, “Warping Time with Montaigne.”

Emily Chase, “Notes From a Journey toward 'Warping Time.'”

Simone Poirier-Bures, “That Shining Place: Crete 1966.”

Simone Poirier-Bures, “Afterword: The Greece Piece.”

Mary Elizabeth Pope, “Teacher Training.”

Mary Elizabeth Pope, “Composing 'Teacher Training.'”

Maureen Stanton, “Zion.”

Maureen Stanton, “On Writing 'Zion.'”

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