Fourth Genre, The Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 6/20/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The Fourth Genreoffers the most comprehensive, teachable, and current introduction available today to the cutting-edge, evolving genre of creative nonfiction.  While acknowledging the literary impulse of nonfiction to be a fourth genre equivalent to poetry, fiction, and drama, this text focuses on subgenres of the nonfiction form, including memoir, nature writing, personal essays, literary journalism, cultural criticism, and travel writing.   This anthology was the first to draw on the common ground of the practicing writer and the practical scholar and to make the pedagogical connections between creative writing practice and composition theory, bridging some of the gaps between the teaching of composition, creative writing, and literature in English departments.

Table of Contents

Alternative Contents: Forms and Processes of Creative Nonfictionp. xi
Preface: Beginning the Conversationp. xv
Introduction: Creative Nonfiction, The Fourth Genrep. xxiii
Writing Creative Nonfictionp. 1
ôOut Thereöp. 3
ôOde to Every Thingöp. 8
ôThe Answer That Increasingly Appealsöp. 11
ôFictionöp. 19
ôSoundtracköp. 29
ôLes Cruel Shoesöp. 31
ôBefriending Barbieöp. 35
ôI'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Partöp. 46
ôSilent Dancingöp. 54
ôA Little Whileöp. 61
ôOn the Fringes of the Physical Worldöp. 64
ôWelcome to Afghanistanöp. 73
ôInto the Gulf: A Journal-Day 10: Beyond the Oiled Pelicanöp. 79
ôNortheast Directöp. 83
ôOn the Busöp. 87
ôRed Sky at Morningöp. 91
ôStripped for Partsöp. 95
ô13,1977,21öp. 101
ôPortrait of My Bodyöp. 107
ôI Met a Man Who Has Seen the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and This Is What He Told Meöp. 115
ôSome Things About That Dayöp. 118
ôMother's Dayöp. 120
ôThe Search for Marvin Gardensöp. 128
ôGeasöp. 137
ôIn Plain Sightöp. 147
ôGrammar Lessons: The Subjunctive Moodöp. 151
ôGlaciologyöp. 162
ôCelebrating Creationöp. 167
ôKnowing Where You've Beenöp. 171
ôPostcards from Birobidzhan: The Life & Death & Life of the Jewish Autonomous Republicöp. 178
ôCloud Crossingöp. 188
ôMy Father Always Saidöp. 194
ôAn E-Book Is Not a Book, In Which I Launch the Slow Book Movementöp. 202
ôNatural History, or What Happens When We're Not Lookingöp. 204
ôChin Musicöp. 208
ôEverything But Your Witsöp. 218
ôSpreading the Wordöp. 223
ôHow I Became a Bed-Makeröp. 232
ôBathingöp. 237
Talking About Creative Nonfictionp. 241
ôThe Landscape of Creative Nonfictionöp. 243
ôThe Art of Memoiröp. 250
ôOn the Origin of the Video Essayöp. 254
ôI Think I'm Musing My Mindöp. 258
ôA Narrator Leaps Past Journalismöp. 261
ôMemory and Imaginationöp. 264
ôThe Art of Selföp. 274
ôThe Digital Essay: An Introductionöp. 276
ôCourting the Approval of the Deadöp. 278
ôMending Wallöp. 292
ôDays into Essays: A Self for All Seasonsöp. 296
ô'Brenda Miller Has a Cold,' or: How the Lyric Essay Happensöp. 308
ôHow to Live: Grandfather of the Writing We Love to Hateöp. 315
ôCollage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segmentöp. 318
ôProse Poems, Paragraphs, Brief Lyric Nonfictionöp. 330
ôFinding the Inner Story in Memoirs and Personal Essaysöp. 333
ôExperimental Critical Writingöp. 337
ô(Note to Self): The Lyric Essayöp. 342
Composing Creative Nonfictionp. 345
ôHomeöp. 347
ôUnwrapping Surprises in the Personal Essayöp. 354
ôWarping Time with Montaigneöp. 362
ôNotes from a Journey Toward 'Warping Time'öp. 368
ôLambing Midwifeöp. 376
ôGestating Memory: Capturing Narrative Details in 'Lambing Midwife'öp. 382
ôTeacher Trainingöp. 388
ôComposing 'Teacher Training'öp. 394
ôZionöp. 402
ôOn Writing 'Zion'öp. 410
Notes on Authorsp. 416
Creditsp. 419
Indexp. 423
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