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The Case of Literary Journalism: Rethinking Fictionality, Narrativity, and Imagination
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8376-7877
2023 (English)In: Style, ISSN 0039-4238, E-ISSN 2374-6629, Vol. 57, no 4, p. 440-458Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article discusses the genre of literary journalism/reportage against a background of earlier assumptions on fictionality. At a local level in nonfiction, fic- tionality can be expressed through invented stories and scenarios that create a con- trast to the global, nonfictive context. However, fictionality can also be expressed through stylistic devices that traditionally have been associated with narrative fic- tion. A local contrast may appear, but only if the genre in itself is not narrative. If the focus is on the nonfictional and narrative genre of literary journalism/reportage, there will be no contrast. Here, the rhetoric will work just like in narrative fiction and should be considered to be part of the features of narrativity. Furthermore, the concept imagination should be perceived in close relation to Monika Fludernik’s understanding of narrative as experience. The conclusion is a call to partly rethink existing connections between fictionality, narrativity, and imagination in order to better understand the narrative nature of reportage. 

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Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2023. Vol. 57, no 4, p. 440-458
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literary journalism, reportage, fictionality, narrativity, imagination
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52761DOI: 10.5325/style.57.4.0440ISI: 001105455700002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85178231205OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-52761DiVA, id: diva2:1813770
Available from: 2023-11-21 Created: 2023-11-21 Last updated: 2023-12-18Bibliographically approved

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