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Global Literary Journalism

Exploring the Journalistic Imagination, Volume 2

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Edited By Richard Lance Keeble and John Tulloch

Following on from the first volume published in 2012, this new volume significantly expands the scope of the study of literary journalism both geographically and thematically.
Chapters explore literary journalism not only in the United Kingdom, the United States and India – but also in countries not covered in the first volume such as Australia, France, Brazil and Portugal, while its central themes help lead the study of literary journalism into previously unchartered territory. More focus is placed on the origins of literary journalism, with chapters exploring the previously ignored journalism of writers such as Myles na gCopaleen, Marguerite Duras, Mohatma Gandhi, Leigh Hunt, D. H. Lawrence, Mary McCarthy and Evelyn Waugh.
Critical overviews of African American literary journalism in the 1950s and of literary journalism in Brazil from 1870 to the present day are also provided, and a section asks whether there is a specific women’s voice in literary journalism.
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Introduction

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Literary Journalism as a Disputed Terrain – Still

RICHARD LANCE KEEBLE



THE STORY SO FAR

One of the most exciting features of the current academic debate over literary journalism is its international reach. The early years of literary journalism scholarship were dominated by American and British academics: such as Thomas B. Connery (1992), John Hartsock (2000), Norman Sims and Mark Kramer (1984 and 1995), Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda (1997), Jeremy Treglown and Bridget Bennett (1998) and Kate Campbell (2004). But then the focus broadened. Our first volume travelled across a wide range of countries and regions: including Canada, Cape Verde, Finland, India, Ireland, Latin America, Norway, Sweden, the Middle East as well as Britain and the United States. It followed on soon after the publication of a major collection of essays, edited by John S. Bak and Bill Reynolds (2011) which took in countries as diverse as Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Holland, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia and Spain.

Rupert Hildyard, one of the contributors to the first volume of Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination, rightly warned (2012: 144) that the “global tag … often conceals Anglo-American interests and hegemony.” This new volume, indeed, has its fair share of chapters on US and UK writers. But this time our gaze has spread still further afield – to Australia, Brazil, France, India, Ireland and Portugal. Moreover, we have attempted to extend the debate into new fields: a section looks...

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