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Factual Fictions: Narrative Truth and the Contemporary American Documentary Novel focuses on contemporary American documentary narratives, specifically the documentary novel, as it re-emerged in the 1960s and later developed into various other forms. The book explores the connections between the documentary novel and the concurrent rise of New Journalism (a.k.a. literary journalism) in the United States, situating the two genres in the cultural context of the tumultuous 1960s and an emerging postmodern ethos. Flis makes a comprehensive analysis of texts by Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, John Berendt, and Don DeLillo, while tackling discussions on various theoretical complexities with assurance and rigor. Interested in the precarious divide between fact and fiction, the author productively complicates traditional notions of the two poles. Furthermore, the book examines parallels between contemporary Slovene documentary narratives and their American counterparts. Flis's work, with its systematic and innovative approach to the subject matter, adds an important historical dimension to the developing field of literary journalism studies as well as to the more established area of 20th Century American literature.
About the Author
Leonora Flis earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She currently works as a freelance journalist, film and book critic, and a literary translator. The next step in her academic career is teaching Literary Theory at the University of Nova Gorica (School of Humanities). Her articles have appeared in Slovenian and foreign literary journals, such as Contemporary Review, Primerjalna knjievnost, Slovene Studies, Dialogi, Bricolage, and Acta Neophilologica.