chapter  22
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Literary Journalism

Journalism Aspiring to Be Literature
WithMiles Maguire

This chapter reviews the themes and theories that have informed the research, much of which derives from and deals with the form’s essentially hybrid character. One of the most fertile areas of literary journalism research has been the examination of the work of individual practitioners. The range of writers who have published works of literary journalism in magazines is vast and diverse. Several scholars have described the ways that literary journalism has been employed in Latin America in the face of authoritarian regimes and extreme political turmoil. Although literary journalism is, naturally enough, associated with print, it is a mistake to assume a limited future for the form in the multimedia environment. In 2009 Sims identified half a dozen areas where the scholarship of the literary journalism could fruitfully be pursued, including historical, cultural and international aspects of the form.