The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre

The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre

An Anthology of Explorations in Creative Nonfiction

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Sixteen essential contemporary creative nonfiction writers reflect on whatever far, dark edge of the genre they find themselves most drawn to. The result is a fascinating anthology that wonders at the historical and contemporary borderlands between fiction and nonfiction, the illusion of time on the page, the mythology of memory, the impact of technology on our writerly lives, and about what and why we write.

Though creative nonfiction has been around since Montaigne, St. Augustine, and Seneca, we’ve only just begun to ask how this genre works, why it functions the way it does, and where its borders reside. But for each question we ask, another five or ten questions roil to the surface. And each of these questions, it seems, requires a more convoluted series of answers. What’s more, the questions students of creative nonfiction are drawn to during class discussions, the ones they argue the longest and loudest, are the same ideas debated by their professors in the hallways and at the corner bar. In this collection, sixteen essential contemporary creative nonfiction writers reflect on whatever far, dark edge of the genre they find themselves most drawn to. The result is this fascinating anthology that wonders at the historical and contemporary borderlands between fiction and nonfiction; the illusion of time on the page; the mythology of memory; poetry, process, and the use of received forms; the impact of technology on our writerly lives; immersive research and the power of witness; a chronology and collage; and what we write and why we write.

Contributors: Nancer Ballard, H. Lee Barnes, Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew, Joy Castro, Robin Hemley, Judith Kitchen, Brenda Miller, Ander Monson, Dinty W. Moore, Sean Prentiss, Lia Purpura, Erik Reece, Jonathan Rovner, Bob Shacochis, and Joe Wilkins.


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Presented here are 18 essays by contemporary American creative nonfiction writers, who explore questions related to the genre. The various topics explored include how they entered the genre, how the essay can be compared to phone hacking, how the internet affects experiences and representations of the real, how time is constructed, why writers write creative nonfiction and what the stories mean, why creative nonfiction might need to be more overtly political, the concept of truth, and memory. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781611861211
1611861217
9781609174118
1609174119
Branch Call Number: 808.02 F
Characteristics: xii, 155 pages :,illustration ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Wilkins, Joe
Prentiss, Sean

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