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ISSN (Print) 1837-0314
Published by U of Wollongong [8 journals]
- Four Stories: Feral
Authors: Amy Lindley
Abstract: Feral: one of four stories published in Current Narratives, 4, 2014.
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:00:44 PST
- Four Stories: The Last Killer in Eden
Authors: Jake Evans
Abstract: The Last Killer in Eden: one of four stories published in Current Narratives, 4, 2014.
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:55:32 PST
- Four Stories: A fragile life
Authors: Lucy Dean
Abstract: A fragile life: one of four stories published in Current Narratives, 4, 2014.
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:45:32 PST
- Teaching literary journalism: Intentional meandering in the literary
Authors: Marcus O'Donnell
Abstract: What makes the literary journalism classroom a particularly creative one is the permission to experiment. It is an opportunity towards the end of a degree program to rethink core ideas about journalism, core ideas about writing, core ideas about ethics and core ideas about how to bring all these ideas into alignment. This is the unique pedagogical value of literary journalism. It is one of the few areas of journalism that takes both the world and the personal immensely seriously. The symbolic and the factual, emotion and observation, the tangible and the intangible all jut up against one another. So it becomes one of the few opportunities within the journalism curriculum where the deeply personal – who am I and how do I express what is unique and important to me – is given space.
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:20:38 PST
- Analysing literary journalism: De(composing) narrative: writing true crime
in Death at the Darlo Bar
Authors: Ruth G. Walker
Abstract: This paper is in two parts: a true crime story, Death at the Darlo Bar, I wrote about a violent death at one of my local bars near Kings Cross, Sydney and an essay reflecting on the writing process. I first heard about the death of Brett Adam Sparks through rumours that circulated in my neighborhood, which presented him as a homeless man who had been attacked and killed at the hands of a group of respectable chess-playing locals. The second part of this paper is an exegetical essay that reflects on the issues arising from my writing a true crime story as a resident of Kings Cross and a regular patron of the Darlo Bar, whose research and writing process was informed as much by local encounters and gossip as painstaking research into the archive of inquest reports, police statements and witness testimonies held at the local Coroner’s Court. The essay discusses the uncanny experience of investigating and writing a story about violent crime that was quickly glossed over by local stakeholders and authorities, and which has no satisfactory resolution or truth claim. In particular, the essay explores the uncanny concept of homelessness and how it folds into competing narratives about Kings Cross as an alcohol-fuelled crime hot-spot in the Australian cultural imaginary. My own story reconstructs one of a number of competing versions of the same event. But it can’t really claim to be closer to an objective reality than any other account, let alone the Coroner’s preferred version, even though it relies on the same facts as presented in the archival documents and witness testimonies. I started out by looking for a true crime story, but the findings from the inquest meant that Sparks’ death is not actually considered a “crime”. Any other claims that it was a crime, and that people got away with it, therefore can’t be “true”.
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:20:37 PST
- Analysing literary journalism: Twentieth century stories: objectivity and
authority in Wilkerson and Hersey
Authors: Bret Schulte
Abstract: Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns (2010) is an evolutionary marker for transparency and authority in a genre that remains in flux. This paper examines the presence/absence of the narrator in this masterwork, in particular how Wilkerson negotiates the journalistic goal of objectivity and the inevitable confrontation with subjectivity. This paper argues that Wilkerson taps the literary tradition of John Hersey’s Hiroshima (1946). Like Hiroshima, Wilkerson’s Warmth embodies the soundest of journalistic conventions: third person point of view, extensive sampling/interviews, and secondary research. Structurally, Warmth also mirrors Hiroshima. Wilkerson chose characters that span spectrums of privilege, age, and circumstance, winnowed down as emblematic of a cast of millions who fled the Jim Crow South. Just as in Hiroshima, the camera eye rotates among them, providing alternating vignettes in an advancing chronology. However, Wilkerson breaks from Hersey in important ways, namely the authorial detachment that has come to be known as Hiroshima’s hallmark. Wilkerson, on the other hand, has been praised for her empathy and transparency. She lays bare her connection to the story, her techniques, and her decision-making process in an extensive methodology section written in first-person. In a historical moment marked by increased reader anxiety and distrust of the press, the reception of Warmth has rewarded this subjectivity and increased transparency.
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:45:29 PST
- Current Narratives, 4, 2014: Editorial
Authors: Marcus O'Donnell
Abstract: Editorial for Current Narratives, Issue 4, 2014.
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:30:29 PST
- Contents of Current Narratives, 4, 2014
Abstract: Table of contents for Current Narratives, Issue 4 (2014).
PubDate: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:25:31 PST