The Footprints in the Text

How do we keep an eye on process behind the product of literary journalism? I should start by acknowledging that I came to literary journalism studies per se (hereafter LJS) through something of a side-door:  from American Studies, where I had been most recently writing about police power. And aside from an unabashedly partisan stint…

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New Insights on Orwell as a Literary Journalist

George Orwell is one of the most researched authors on the planet. But immerse yourself in the man’s life and writings and new insights emerge. Since becoming a sub-editor on my local newspaper in Nottingham in 1970, and being inspired by George Orwell, the wonderfully creative and radical, committed journalist, I had always wanted to…

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Torturous Paths for Historical Research

Beyond a normative ontology of literary journalism *Editor’s note: This article is from our archives. It originally appeared in Literary Journalism vol. 12, no. 3 (2018).  The aim of this text is two-fold. On the one hand, I want to give an account of my doctoral research project. On the other hand, this is a…

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