The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction / Edition 5

The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction / Edition 5

by Robert L. Root, Michael J. Steinberg
     
 

This best-selling anthology is a comprehensive and indispensable introduction to the way creative nonfiction is written today.

The Fourth Genre offers the most comprehensive, teachable, and current introduction available today to the cutting-edge, evolving genre of creative nonfiction. While acknowledging the literary impulse of nonfiction to be a fourth genre

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Overview

This best-selling anthology is a comprehensive and indispensable introduction to the way creative nonfiction is written today.

The Fourth Genre offers the most comprehensive, teachable, and current introduction available today to the cutting-edge, evolving genre of creative nonfiction. While acknowledging the literary impulse of nonfiction to be a fourth genre equivalent to poetry, fiction, and drama, this text focuses on subgenres of the nonfiction form, including memoir, nature writing, personal essays, literary journalism, cultural criticism, and travel writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205632411
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
02/06/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
760,372
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Alternative Contents: Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction
Preface: Beginning the Conversation
Introduction: Creative Nonfiction, the Fourth Genre
Pt. 1Writing Creative Nonfiction1
Oh Say Can You See?5
The Unwanted Child11
Silent Dancing21
Running the Table28
Aerial Reconnaissance33
Living Like Weasels41
From a Sheepherder's Notebook: Three Days44
Parish Streets48
Can an Ape Tell a Joke?55
Fraternity65
Where Worlds Collide69
On the Bubble79
Portrait of My Body91
Carnal Acts98
From Birnam Wood to Dunsinane106
From Outside, In112
Amid Onions and Oranges, a Boy Becomes a Man121
Celibate Passions123
Three Pokes of a Thistle128
Animal Allies132
Late Victorians137
Designs for Escape149
Cloud Crossing155
Pliny and the Mountain Mouse160
The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold166
In the Combat Zone170
I Stand Here Writing176
Trading Off: A Memoir184
Vessel of Last Resort200
Seven Wonders207
At the Buffalo Bill Museum, June 1988212
Going to the Movies226
Fireworks to Praise a Homemade Day229
The Friendship Tarot237
Pt. 2Talking about Creative Nonfiction243
Late Night Thoughts on Writing and Teaching Essays245
The Landscape of Creative Nonfiction252
The Art of Memoir259
The Faith263
To Fashion a Text270
About Personal Expressive Academic Writing279
On the Possibilities of the Essay: A Meditation290
Memory and Imagination297
Courting the Approval of the Dead306
Excavations319
Everything But the Truth?327
What We Didn't Know We Knew330
What Happened to the Personal Essay?337
'Creative Nonfiction': What's in a Name?345
One Writer's Secrets351
College, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment358
The Singular First Person369
The Exact Location of the Soul378
Me and My Shadow382
Experimental Critical Writing396
Pt. 3Composing Creative Nonfiction401
Warping Time with Montaigne405
Notes from a Journey toward 'Warping Time'411
That Shining Place: Crete, 1966419
Afterword: Writing 'The Greece Piece'428
Teacher Training434
Composing 'Teacher Training'440
Zion447
On Writing 'Zion'454
Alternative Contents: Approaches to Writing and Discussing Creative Nonfiction459
Index463

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