The Nonfictionist’s Guide

The Nonfictionist’s Guide
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On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction
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Artikel-Nr:
9781461644989
Veröffentl:
2007
Seiten:
224
Autor:
Robert Root
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

As a vital and growing literary genre, nonfiction impacts bestseller lists, writing programs, writers' workshops, and academic conferences on creative writing, composition/rhetoric, and literature. In a lively exploration of its poetics,
The Nonfictionist's Guide examines the elements of contemporary nonfiction and suggests imaginative approaches to writing it. Beginning with a new definition of nonfiction and explanation of the nonfiction motive, Robert Root guides both readers and writers through the innovative and stimulating ways we write nonfiction now.
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.
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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