Narrative Truthiness: The Logic Of Complex Truth In Hybrid (non)fiction

October 1, 2021|
Narrative Truthiness: The Logic Of Complex Truth In Hybrid (non)fiction by Annjeanette Wiese
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Narrative Truthiness explores the complex nature of truth by adapting Stephen Colbert''s concept of truthiness (which on its own repudiates complexity) into something nuanced and positive, what Annjeanette Wiese calls "narrative truthiness." Narrative truthiness holds on to the importance of facts while complicating them by looking at different types of truth, as well as the complexity, contradictions, and consequences of truth in the context of human experience.

Wiese uses narrative theory to analyze several examples of hybrid (non)fiction: works that refuse to exist as either fiction or nonfiction alone and that challenge monolithic definitions of truth. She examines memoirs by Lauren Slater, Michael Ondaatje, Binjamin Wilkomirski, Tim O''Brien; fiction by Julian Barnes, Richard Powers, W. G. Sebald; Onion headlines; comics and graphic memoirs by Joe Sacco, Art Spiegelman, and David Small; and fake news.

Narrative Truthiness foregrounds the complexity that is inherent in human understanding and experience and in the process demonstrates the significance of the complex tensions between what we feel to be true and what is true, and how we are shaped by both.
 
 
Annjeanette Wiese is an instructor of humanities and is the director of undergraduate studies for the humanities program at the University of Colorado Boulder.   
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Title:Narrative Truthiness: The Logic Of Complex Truth In Hybrid (non)fiction
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:266 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:266 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 in
Published:October 1, 2021
Publisher:Nebraska
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781496226792

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