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ERIC Number: EJ783445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Creating Nonfiction
Toor, Rachel
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n15 pC2 Dec 2007
"Creative nonfiction" is gaining ground as the descriptor for what has also been called "the fourth genre." The first word gives some people fits. They get all caught up in "creative" and assume it only means "invented." Instead of using "creative" as the qualifier, some call the genre "literary" or "narrative" nonfiction. Those are both problematic, for different reasons. The first because it raises a question of who gets to decide what is literary (some would eliminate journalism) and the second because some nonfiction that is beautiful is not necessarily narrative--meditative essays, reflections, pensees. Whether everyone uses the word "creative," "literary," or "narrative" as the descriptor, that term is so vexed that it masks the difficulties with the word "nonfiction". But it seems that the only time most students encounter "literary" nonfiction is in their freshman-comp courses, when wet-behind-the-ear graduate students introduce them to essays like George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language," Virginia Woolf's "The Death of the Moth," or Scott Russell Sanders's "Under the Influence."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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