Voice and Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction

Voice and Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction

by Stephen J. Pyne, S. Charles, Ian Jorge, H. Joseph
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674060423

ISBN-13: 9780674060425

Pub. Date: 05/05/2011

Publisher: Harvard

It has become commonplace these days to speak of “unpacking” texts. Voice and Vision is a book about packing that prose in the first place. While history is scholarship, it is also art—that is, literature. And while it has no need to emulate fiction, slump into memoir, or become self-referential text, its composition does need to be

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It has become commonplace these days to speak of “unpacking” texts. Voice and Vision is a book about packing that prose in the first place. While history is scholarship, it is also art—that is, literature. And while it has no need to emulate fiction, slump into memoir, or become self-referential text, its composition does need to be conscious and informed.

Voice and Vision is for those who wish to understand the ways in which literary considerations can enhance nonfiction writing. At issue is not whether writing is scholarly or popular, narrative or analytical, but whether it is good. Fiction has guidebooks galore; journalism has shelves stocked with manuals; certain hybrids such as creative nonfiction and the new journalism have evolved standards, esthetics, and justifications for how to transfer the dominant modes of fiction to topics in nonfiction. But history and other serious or scholarly nonfiction have nothing comparable.

Now this curious omission is addressed by Stephen Pyne as he analyzes and teaches the craft that undergirds whole realms of nonfiction and book-based academic disciplines. With eminent good sense concerning the unique problems posed by research-based writing and with a wealth of examples from accomplished writers, Pyne, an experienced and skilled writer himself, explores the many ways to understand what makes good nonfiction, and explains how to achieve it. His counsel and guidance will be invaluable to experts as well as novices in the art of writing serious and scholarly nonfiction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674060425
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/05/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,423,689
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


    Packing Prose

    Part I. Arts


  1. In the Beginning, Words

  2. Art and Craft

  3. Rules of Engagement

  4. Nonfiction as Writing

  5. Voice . . .

  6. . . . and Vision

  7. Designing

  8. Plotting

  9. Transitioning

  10. Dramatizing

  11. Editing I

  12. Part II. Crafts
  13. Prose

  14. Character

  15. Setting

  16. Point of View

  17. Showing and Telling

  18. Editing II

  19. Figures of Speech

  20. Technical Information

  21. Questions of Scale

  22. Part III. Doing It
  23. Theory and Practice

  24. Writing Lives


  • Notes

  • Index

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