ISBN-10:
0742556182
ISBN-13:
2900742556187
Pub. Date:
07/15/2008
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Nonfictionist's Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction

Nonfictionist's Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction

by Robert RootRobert Root
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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900742556187
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert Root is a writer, editor, and teacher. A professor emeritus of English at Central Michigan University, he has spoken on creative nonfiction and the teaching of writing at national and international conferences and been a guest writer in nonfiction and creative writing programs.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
The Nature of Nonfiction     1
Notes for Nonfictionists: Last Words First     14
Not the Design of the Author     19
Notes for Nonfictionists: The Design of the Author     26
The Experimental Art     29
Notes for Nonfictionists: Experimenting     38
The Art of Seeing     43
Notes for Nonfictionists: Seeing     60
Collage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment     65
Notes for Nonfictionists: Segmenting     82
This is What the Spaces Say     85
Notes for Nonfictionists: Structure     88
Immediacy     95
Notes for Nonfictionists: Immediacy     112
Distance     117
Notes for Nonfictionists: Distance     130
Writing by Ear     135
Notes For Nonfictionists: Writing By Ear     150
Place     155
Notes for Nonfictionists: Place     170
Truth     177
Notes for Nonfictionists: Truth     192
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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