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Global Literary Journalism

Exploring the Journalistic Imagination


Richard Lance Keeble and John Tulloch

This text brings together the writings of more than twenty international academics to explore the rapidly expanding field of literary journalism – a term the editors view as ʻdisputed terrainʼ. Journalists from a uniquely wide range of countries and regions – including Britain, Canada, Cape Verde, Finland, India, Ireland, Latin America Norway, Sweden, the Middle East, the United States – are covered as are a range of subject areas. These are divided into sections titled Disputed Terrains: Crossing the Boundaries between Fact, Reportage and Fiction, Exploring Subjectivities: The Personal is Where We Start From, Long-form Journalism: Confronting the Conventions of Daily War Journalism, Colonialism, Freedom Struggles and the Politics of Reportage, and Transforming Conventional Genres. The collection will be of interest to students of journalism, media studies, literary studies, and culture and communication as well as all those interested in exploring the literary possibilities of journalism at its best.
Contents: Introduction: John Tulloch/Richard Lance Keeble: Mind the Gaps: On the Fuzzy Boundaries between the Literary and the Journalistic – David Abrahamson/Ibrahim N. Abusharif: Literary Journalism in the Middle East: The Paradox of Arabic Exceptionalism – John Tulloch: Journalism as a Novel; the Novel as Journalism: The Writing of Gordon Burn – Thomas B. Connery: Searching and Seeing with Joseph Mitchell, Fact-Chasing Visionary – Anna Hoyles: Pickled Herrings and Politics: The Early Journalism of Moa Martinson – Maria Lassila-Merisalo: Veikko Ennala: Taboo-breaker in Mid-20th-century Finland – Rod Whiting: Ernest Hemingway: Stretching the Style Guide – Susan Greenberg: Kapuscinski and Beyond: The Polish School of Reportage – Rupert Hildyard: Literary Journalism, John Lanchester and the Global Financial Crash of 2008 – Nick Nuttall: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson and the First Person Plural – Jenny McKay: Åsne Seierstad and The Bookseller of Kabul – Robert Alexander: Staying News: Subjects, Types and the Literariness of Literary Journalism – Norman Sims: The Personal and the Historical: Literary Journalism and Literary History – Michael Foley: The Reporting of Edmond O’Donovan: Literary Journalism and the Great Game – Richard Lance Keeble: The War Reporting of Robert Fisk: Relentlessly Exposing the Horror – Miles Maguire: When the Newspaper Form Falls Short: The War Memoir of Dexter Filkins – Bill Reynolds: From Cold War Cultural Critic to Mocking Liberals: Canadian Writer-Editor Robert Fulford’s Long Journey – Alice Donat Trindade: Lush Words in the Drought: The Literary Journalism of Pedro Cardoso – Pablo Calvi: José Martí and the Chronicles That Created Modern Latin America – Jane Chapman: From India’s Big Dams to Jungle Guerillas: Arundhati Roy and the Literary Polemics of Global versus Local – Alex Lockwood: «Recruiting the Imagination»: The Environmental Literary Journalism of Rachel Carson – Giulia Bruna: John Millington Synge’s Travel Journalism: Reporting from the Fringes of Revival Ireland – Florian Zollmann: John Pilger’s «Youth in Action» as an Example of Literary Journalism – Susan Greenberg: Slow Journalism in the Digital Fast Lane – Martin Conboy: Afterword: Between the Liminal and the Literary.