The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative


The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction Author Robert L. Root Jr. – Thomashillier.co.uk This best selling anthology is a comprehensive and indispensable introduction to the way creative nonfiction is written today The Fourth Genre offers the most comprehensive, teachable, and current int Genre: Contemporary Kindle Ò This best selling anthology is a comprehensive and indispensable introduction to the way creative nonfiction is written today The Fourth Genre offers 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 The Fourth MOBI :↠ 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 Fourth Genre: Contemporary PDF ´ the gaps between the teaching of composition, creative writing, and literature in English departments.


10 thoughts on “The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction

  1. Sheri Fresonke Harper Sheri Fresonke Harper says:

    Great way to learn by good example This collection of essays and memoir and how to articles offers many examples of the creative nonfiction article Articles range from simple memories, to explanations of what happened when they started teaching to touching tales of human connection The collection is easy to read, you can safely set it down and pick it up whenever you have time to readIt also has several indexes so that you can find pieces according to different criteria It s a well pu Great way to learn by good example This collection of essays and memoir and how to articles offers many examples of the creative nonfiction article Articles range from simple memories, to explanations of what happened when they started teaching to touching tales of human connection The collection is easy to read, you can safely set it down and pick it up whenever you have time to readIt also has several indexes so that you can find pieces according to different criteria It s a well put together collection


  2. V V says:

    A stunning volume for general use good for teachers, students, and writers new to the genre or looking for refreshing perspective I feel like a lot of the time as a writer, the most useful thing is to hear how other writers think through their work This book contains three sections exemplary essays in many forms, essays on writing, and authors commentary on essays they have specifically contributed to this book Many aha moments If I were to criticize it, I wish it werediverse, wh A stunning volume for general use good for teachers, students, and writers new to the genre or looking for refreshing perspective I feel like a lot of the time as a writer, the most useful thing is to hear how other writers think through their work This book contains three sections exemplary essays in many forms, essays on writing, and authors commentary on essays they have specifically contributed to this book Many aha moments If I were to criticize it, I wish it werediverse, which would likely naturally mapcreative territory other kinds of issues writers face and consider in their processes but it is also true that there are other books that specifically set out to address that I would only say that if you aim to teach from this, to be aware that you may need to supplement it, based on your goals Overall highly useful and ambitious


  3. David Gross David Gross says:

    I hate to be a crank, but I m not a fan of this textbook I use this in my creative writing nonfiction class because it is the book that my university uses in all sections, and I find that while the essays are generally pretty good examples of their various forms, the portions of the book that deal with processes and criticism of creative nonfiction are pitiful It is not possible to have students read this book and walk away with any conception of the difference between essay, memoir, personal I hate to be a crank, but I m not a fan of this textbook I use this in my creative writing nonfiction class because it is the book that my university uses in all sections, and I find that while the essays are generally pretty good examples of their various forms, the portions of the book that deal with processes and criticism of creative nonfiction are pitiful It is not possible to have students read this book and walk away with any conception of the difference between essay, memoir, personal reportage, personal cultural criticism, etc Now, as teacher, it s my job to teach that, and I don t mind doing so, but in general when you select at textbook, you re going to do so for the way in which it assists in that job, and I don t feel that this text offers much assistance at all


  4. Rasma Rasma says:

    While the essays themselves are not consistently brilliant in my estimation, there are some creative non fiction pieces here that are gems of their genre This is required reading in an MFA course I am taking in creative non fiction, so technically a textbook It serves its purpose well I met the editor Michael Steinberg back in 1998 when he was just starting his journal Fourth Genre, which led to the series of anthologies of which this is the latest It was a crucial meeting for me at a time w While the essays themselves are not consistently brilliant in my estimation, there are some creative non fiction pieces here that are gems of their genre This is required reading in an MFA course I am taking in creative non fiction, so technically a textbook It serves its purpose well I met the editor Michael Steinberg back in 1998 when he was just starting his journal Fourth Genre, which led to the series of anthologies of which this is the latest It was a crucial meeting for me at a time when I wrote poetry exclusively Michael Steinberg taught me to let the material select its genre, and to see that a failed poem might just want to be an essay Creative non fiction is sometimespoetry than narrative, sometimesjournalism than story Sometimes hardly distinguishable from fiction, except in the eyes of the writer who has to bring integrity to how honestly he can write about real people and events, and how truthfully he will admit that he can never know what really happened, only what really happened to himself The best pieces in this collection demonstrate that integrity and honesty, and the vulnerability of an author in pursuit of understanding something crucial about himself It may sound insular and private, but it is the genre where the old adage specificity renders universality is best demonstrated


  5. Cory Fosco Cory Fosco says:

    This was the first anthology of creative nonfiction I read I bought the book as a requirement for an undergraduate level class, but used it in my graduate program and continue to use it as I teach at the community college level The introductory essays about the craft are great The essays included in this collection are all so very different nature essays, segmented essays, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay and are a great teaching learning aide Some of the essays also have additi This was the first anthology of creative nonfiction I read I bought the book as a requirement for an undergraduate level class, but used it in my graduate program and continue to use it as I teach at the community college level The introductory essays about the craft are great The essays included in this collection are all so very different nature essays, segmented essays, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay and are a great teaching learning aide Some of the essays also have additional comments by the authors, detailing their motivation behind the story


  6. Kate Savage Kate Savage says:

    This book was such a bizarre grab bag of essays Some were spectacular and then I d be in a long soporific tale of playing pool or hiking in Vermont In the essays about the genre, you d get Annie Dillard up next to what could have been an undergrad essay I was very bored by the dry explanatory bits written by Root himself.Read the compelation, because it s a great genre, and you will discover some marvellous writers Just be prepared to skim past the unbearable bits.


  7. Patricia Patricia says:

    I read this Text book cover to cover I enjoyed every single essay There were examples of every kind of Contemporary Creatative Nonfiction I really appreciated the Alternatative Contents listings by the various subgenres Memoir which is a new passion for me I won t let this book out of my office


  8. Cindie Cindie says:

    This is the textbook I used in my first semester of grad school, which happened to be taught by Robert Root, the editor I liked this text It had many different styles of essays, but most interesting and helpful were the craft essays at the back written by authors of some of the essays that were included in the book.


  9. Annie Annie says:

    I m currently reading this book and it s a great book if you are looking for examples of what personal essays, memoirs, and creative nonfiction really are The stories are well written and entertaining A good compliation.


  10. Wendy Wendy says:

    I still think the first edition of this book is the best I ve hung onto my copy, which has traveled with me from Boston to southern Mexico to Seattle, even as I ve read each new edition and marveled at the rising price.


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