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College English, Vol. 65, No. 3, January 2003

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  • The Place of Creative Nonfiction

    Douglas Hesse

    Abstract: Discusses the topic of creative nonfiction and how it is addressed throughout this special issue. Suggests that how creative nonfiction is placed does have implications for literature and writing, both creative and non.

    Keywords: College

  • Naming Nonfiction (a Polyptych)

    Robert L. Root, Jr.

    Abstract: Discusses the complexity of naming nonfiction as a class of written works. Struggles with many different possible definitions of nonfiction and considers the problems with many of the definitions. Suggests the use of the term "creative nonfiction" as an umbrella to cover the widest range of nonfiction literary production. Argues that categorizing and compartmentalizing limits vision.

    Keywords: College

  • Suddenly Sexy: Creative Nonfiction Rear-ends Composition

    Wendy Bishop

    Abstract: Suggests that there is a real chance right now for letting the possibilities of creative nonfiction infuse, improve, and invigorate the teaching of composition. Concludes that when allowed to explore literary nonfiction, writing students will develop a substantial set of strengths from which to undertake other disciplinary writing challenges as they explore past and present with an eye to the future.

    Keywords: College

  • Living to Tell the Tale: The Complicated Ethics of Creative Nonfiction

    Lynn Z. Bloom

    Abstract: Offers a presentation of creative nonfiction addressing the author's personal family experiences. Addresses ethical issues involved in creative nonfiction. Describes how she decided to narrate her history and contemplates in depth the artistic choices she made.

    Keywords: College

  • Never Let the Truth Stand in the Way of a Good Story: A Work for Three Voices

    Bronwyn T. Williams

    Abstract: Describes how the author's habit of fabrications and stories as a 10-year-old became a source for writing fiction. Notes how he pursued journalism as a profession, but was frustrated by its limitations. Considers how as a professional field, composition continues to contemplate and struggle with issues of power and representation in research and writing. Addresses the issues of power and representation and the ethical concerns that such issues entail.

    Keywords: College

  • Business, Pleasure, and the Personal Essay

    Harriet Malinowitz

    Abstract: Describes the author's personal family struggle with entering the field of English. Notes how it is becoming increasingly difficult for today's students to be able to make choices among instrumentalist and intellectual paradigms of education and work. Concludes by voicing a hope that educators can invent new rules for "academic" writing in this new century.

    Keywords: College

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