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“You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”: Complexity, Facts, and Creative Nonfiction
Chris Mays
Abstract: This article explores the genre of creative nonfiction, highlighting the largely hidden processes that influence our appraisals of it. Using a framework that builds from genre theory, this work argues that by exposing and confronting the complexity of the mechanisms by which we judge writing to be factual, we can productively intervene in debates about writing’s veracity, and more broadly, we can better understand why we tend to discount divergent views on facts.

Spectators, Sponsors, or World Travelers? Engaging with Personal Narratives of Others through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Bethany Mannon
Abstract: This article studies the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and proposes three conceptual tools for examining the ways readers and editors of digital storytelling projects interact with writers and texts. The author advances discussions of personal narrative and the role this form of writing plays in transnational feminism and forms of humanitarian activism that increasingly take place online. Digital storytelling projects effectively circulate these personal accounts, but they benefit from scholarship that advises self-critical approaches to representing their subjects.

AND GLADLY TEACH Hearing a Play: Learning from Radio Shakespeare
Cynthia Lewis
Abstract: This article discusses the intricacies of producing a Shakespeare play for a radio audience. In 2015, in collaboration with Davidson College's classical radio station, WDAV, the author and her Radio Shakespeare class produced and performed The Merchant of Venice in its entirety, consulting the history of radio performance of Shakespeare, listening to several performances, and reading theory of radio performance alongside selected criticism of Merchant. Of all the outcomes, the effects of performing without a traditional live audience were most surprising.

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