Fourth Genre, The Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2011-06-20
  • 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.á 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. á 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
˘Out There÷p. 3
˘Ode to Every Thing÷p. 8
˘The Answer That Increasingly Appeals÷p. 11
˘Fiction÷p. 19
˘Soundtrack÷p. 29
˘Les Cruel Shoes÷p. 31
˘Befriending Barbie÷p. 35
˘I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part÷p. 46
˘Silent Dancing÷p. 54
˘A Little While÷p. 61
˘On the Fringes of the Physical World÷p. 64
˘Welcome to Afghanistan÷p. 73
˘Into the Gulf: A Journal-Day 10: Beyond the Oiled Pelican÷p. 79
˘Northeast Direct÷p. 83
˘On the Bus÷p. 87
˘Red Sky at Morning÷p. 91
˘Stripped for Parts÷p. 95
˘13,1977,21÷p. 101
˘Portrait of My Body÷p. 107
˘I Met a Man Who Has Seen the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and This Is What He Told Me÷p. 115
˘Some Things About That Day÷p. 118
˘Mother's Day÷p. 120
˘The Search for Marvin Gardens÷p. 128
˘Geas÷p. 137
˘In Plain Sight÷p. 147
˘Grammar Lessons: The Subjunctive Mood÷p. 151
˘Glaciology÷p. 162
˘Celebrating Creation÷p. 167
˘Knowing Where You've Been÷p. 171
˘Postcards from Birobidzhan: The Life & Death & Life of the Jewish Autonomous Republic÷p. 178
˘Cloud Crossing÷p. 188
˘My Father Always Said÷p. 194
˘An E-Book Is Not a Book, In Which I Launch the Slow Book Movement÷p. 202
˘Natural History, or What Happens When We're Not Looking÷p. 204
˘Chin Music÷p. 208
˘Everything But Your Wits÷p. 218
˘Spreading the Word÷p. 223
˘How I Became a Bed-Maker÷p. 232
˘Bathing÷p. 237
Talking About Creative Nonfictionp. 241
˘The Landscape of Creative Nonfiction÷p. 243
˘The Art of Memoir÷p. 250
˘On the Origin of the Video Essay÷p. 254
˘I Think I'm Musing My Mind÷p. 258
˘A Narrator Leaps Past Journalism÷p. 261
˘Memory and Imagination÷p. 264
˘The Art of Self÷p. 274
˘The Digital Essay: An Introduction÷p. 276
˘Courting the Approval of the Dead÷p. 278
˘Mending Wall÷p. 292
˘Days into Essays: A Self for All Seasons÷p. 296
˘'Brenda Miller Has a Cold,' or: How the Lyric Essay Happens÷p. 308
˘How to Live: Grandfather of the Writing We Love to Hate÷p. 315
˘Collage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment÷p. 318
˘Prose Poems, Paragraphs, Brief Lyric Nonfiction÷p. 330
˘Finding the Inner Story in Memoirs and Personal Essays÷p. 333
˘Experimental Critical Writing÷p. 337
˘(Note to Self): The Lyric Essay÷p. 342
Composing Creative Nonfictionp. 345
˘Home÷p. 347
˘Unwrapping Surprises in the Personal Essay÷p. 354
˘Warping Time with Montaigne÷p. 362
˘Notes from a Journey Toward 'Warping Time'÷p. 368
˘Lambing Midwife÷p. 376
˘Gestating Memory: Capturing Narrative Details in 'Lambing Midwife'÷p. 382
˘Teacher Training÷p. 388
˘Composing 'Teacher Training'÷p. 394
˘Zion÷p. 402
˘On Writing 'Zion'÷p. 410
Notes on Authorsp. 416
Creditsp. 419
Indexp. 423
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