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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Reading

Date of Award

12-2001

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Joseph D. Sobol

Committee Members

Delanna Kay Reed, Flora Joy

Abstract

This study examines the similarities in the historical development and stated values of the American literary journalism and modern storytelling movements within the framework of communication and narrative theory. In addition, the techniques and subjects of oral storytelling and literary journalism, as described in professional publications and manuals for storytellers and reporters, are compared for similarities.

Storytelling and literary journalism have grown apart and come together to peak again during times of social upheaval, first at the turn of the century and again in the 1960s. In addition, the two professions are related by the common goal of celebrating individual experience, the life of the common folk, and the birth of interactive communities that offer an alternative to mass media and mass culture. Overlapping techniques include the use of simple slots, the personal "voice" of the narrator, character development through dialogue and scenes, and an emphasis on theme.

Document Type

Thesis - Campus Only

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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