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8th May 2012, 9:52am
Where literature and journalism meet - new book out
Prof Richard Keeble, one of the authors The largest collection of essays ever published on international literary journalism has just been edited by John Tulloch and Richard Lance Keeble, two professors at the Lincoln School of Journalism.

Global Literary Journalism: Exploring the Journalistic Imagination (Peter Lang, of New York) brings together the writings of 22 academics focusing on literary journalism in a wide range of countries and regions including Canada, Finland, India, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Latin America, the UK, the United States and the Middle East.

The University of Lincoln is well represented: Jane Chapman, Professor of Communications, focuses on the journalism of Arundhati Roy, Rupert Hildyard, Principal Lecturer in English, writes on John Lanchester, Nick Nuttall examines the gonzo writings of Hunter S. Thompson, PhD student Florian Zollmann delves into the John Pilger archives, while another PhD student, Anna Hoyles, explores the early journalism of Moa Martinson.

Rod Whiting looks critically at Ernest Hemingway’s career as a journalist – while John Tulloch’s chapter on Gordon Burn is titled ‘Journalism as a Novel: The Novel as Journalism’ and Richard Keeble writes on the war reporting of the Independent’s award-winning Robert Fisk.

The final chapter, by Susan Greenberg, of Roehampton University, and titled ‘Slow Journalism in the Digital Fast Lane’ examines literary journalism in the age of the internet.

The book is divided into five sections: ‘Crossing the Boundaries between Fact, Reportage and Fiction’, ‘Exploring Subjectivities’, ‘Confronting the Conventions of War Journalism’, ‘Colonialism and the Politics of Reportage’ and ‘Transforming Conventional Genres’.

In an ‘Afterword’, Martin Conboy, Professor of Journalism History at Sheffield University, comments: ‘This text uses literary journalism as a prism through which to critique journalism past and present, bringing journalism face to face with important critical debates facing not only societies in general but aspiring journalists.’

Professor Keeble, joint editor of a previous book on literary journalism (The Journalistic Imagination: Literary Journalists from Defoe to Capote and Carter, Routledge, 2007), said: ‘This book must place Lincoln University as one the world leaders in the fascinating and emergent discipline of literary journalism studies.’

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