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American Literature | English Language and Literature


Marian Rengel


My thesis defines the role of contemporary sports writing in creative non-fiction. I found the three works I studied to be precendent-setting examples of the genre. In examining the historical aspects of creative non-fiction, I found a direct correlation withthe new journalism of the 1960s. My second chapter discusses these roots of creative non-fiction in-depth, involving the works of Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, and other 1960s authors. My third and fourth chapters are devoted to describing the journalistic techniques and fictional techniques that are used in creative non-fiction. The three works I studied are examined in detail. In my conclusion I touch on some of the social aspects that these authors make their readers aware of in their works, and the implications this has for the reader. My thesis could be described as a definition of sports creative non-fiction.