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ERIC Number: ED143017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Pages: 9
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The New Nonfiction.
Lennon, J. Michael
This paper discusses a contemporary literary movement, "New Nonfiction." New Nonfiction is described as a reaction against the hermeticism of the modern novel, the abstractions of historical scholarship, and the impersonal, sensational, and formulaic reports of the mass media. It is a written narrative that connects private sensibility with public event. The progenitors of the New Nonfiction, like the novel, can be traced back at least to the time of Defoe, when journalism, fiction, and history were difficult to tell apart. This paper, while focusing on the works of Norman Mailer and Hunter S. Thompson, lists other authors whose works can be classified under the subgenre New Nonfiction; it also discusses developments, in journalism and in the novel, that precipitated the New Nonfiction. The rise of the popular press and its expansion of focus, the inward turn of the novel and its subsequent decline during the first half of the twentieth century, and the complexity and accelerated rate of change in modern civilization are cited in this paper as factors contributing to the development of the New Nonfiction in literature. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (18th, St. Louis, Missouri, November 4-6, 1976)