Fourth Genre, The: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This best-selling anthology is a comprehensive and indispensable introduction to the way creative nonfiction is written today. 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

Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction
Preface: Beginning the Conversation
Introduction: Creative Nonfiction, The Fourth Genre
Writing Creative Nonfiction
"Dumpling"Angela M. Balcita
"Out There"
"The Answer That Increasingly Appeals"
"The Unwanted Child"
"Lost on Colfax Avenue"
"Befriending Barbie"
"Independence Day, Manley Hot Springs, Alaska"
"I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part"
"Silent Dancing"
"On the Fringes of the Physical World"
"Living Like Weasels"
"Pool, A Love Story"
"Welcome to Afghanistan"
"The Color of Monday"
"Northeast Direct"
"The People on the Bus"
"On the Bus"
"The Death of the Personal Blog"
"Red Sky at Morning"
"Instant Message, Instant Girlfriend"
"Where Worlds Collide"
"Stripped for Parts"
"Life in Motion"
"13,1977, 21"
"Portrait of My Body"
"I Met a Man Who Has Seen the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and This Is What He Told Me"
"Listen to the Sounds of the House"
"Some Things About That Day"
"The Search for Marvin Gardens"
"In Plain Sight"
"Grammar Lessons: The Subjunctive Mood"
"Quinto Sol"
"A Few Things I Know About Softball"
"To All Those Who Say Write What You Know"
"Virtually Romance: A Discourse on Love in the Information Age"
"Celebrating Creation"
"Knowing Where You've Been"
"Cloud Crossing"
"My Father Always Said"
"Chin Music"
"How I Became a Bed-Maker"
"Going to the Movies"
"Undressing Victoria"
"Reflection Rag: Uncle Joe, Roberto Clemente and I"
Talking About Creative Nonfiction
"The Landscape of Nonfiction"
"The Art of Memoir"
"To Fashion a Text"
"The Intelligent Heart"
"A Narrator Leaps Past Journalism"Vivian Gornick
"Memory and Imagination"
"The Art of Self"Steven Harvey
"The Real Who, What, Where, Why of Journalism"
"Courting the Approval of the Dead"
"Mending Wall"
"What Happened to the Personal Essay?"
"Advice to My Friend Beth's Undergraduate Nonfiction Students"
" 'Brenda Miller Has a Cold,' or, How the Lyric Essay Happens"
"The Other Creative Writing"
"Collage, Montage, Mosaic, Vignette, Episode, Segment"
"The Singular First Person"
"Memoir? Fiction? Where's The Line?"
"Prose Poems, Paragraphs, Brief Lyric Nonfiction"
"Finding the Inner Story in Memoirs and Personal Essays"
"Experimental Critical Writing"
Composing Creative Nonfiction
"Warping Time with Montaigne"
"Notes from a Journey toward 'Warping Time'"
"Teacher Training"
"Composing 'Teacher Training'"
"On Writing 'Zion'"
Notes on Authors
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