1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism

Edited By John S. Bak, Bill Reynolds Copyright 2023
    578 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This cutting-edge research companion addresses our current understanding of literary journalism’s global scope and evolution, offering an immersive study of how different nations have experimented with and perfected the narrative journalistic form/genre over time.

    The Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism

    demonstrates the genre’s rich genealogy and global impact through a comprehensive study of its many traditions, including the crónica, the ocherk, reportage, the New Journalism, the New New Journalism, Jornalismo literário, periodismo narrativo, bao gao wen xue, creative nonfiction, Literarischer Journalismus, As-SaHafa al Adabiyya, and literary nonfiction. Contributions from a diverse range of established and emerging scholars explore key issues such as the current role of literary journalism in countries radically affected by the print media crisis and the potential future of literary journalism, both as a centerpiece to print media writ large and as an academic discipline universally recognized around the world. The book also discusses literary journalism's responses to war, immigration, and censorship; its many female and Indigenous authors; and its digital footprints on the internet.

    This extensive and authoritative collection is a vital resource for academics and researchers in literary journalism studies, as well as in journalism studies and literature in general.

    Chapter 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.


    John S. Bak

    Part One: Historical Antecedents and Influences

    01 "Between Feuilletonism and Social Reportage: Hans Ostwald’s Literary Journalism in Berlin’s Popular Press Around 1900"

    Hendrik Michael

    02 "A Brief History of Literary Journalism in Australia"

    Jennifer Martin and Willa McDonald

    03 "Ungovernable Women of Southern Africa: The Non-conformist Writing of Olive Schreiner, Noni Jabavu, and Bessie Head"

    Lesley Cowling and Shelley Roberts

    04 "Pioneer Literary Journalists: The Intricate Relation Between Literary Journalism and Professional Newspaper Reporting in the Netherlands, 1890–1930"

    Frank Harbers and Marcel Broersma

    05 "Nascent Ghanaian Literary Journalism: Alignment—and Dealignment—with Global Trends"

    Nathaniel Glover-Meni and Phillips Kofi Atsu Larnyo

    Part Two: Literary Journalistic Methodologies

    06 "A Poetry of Grayness: Stig Dagerman’s German Autumn as Postwar Reportage from Germany"

    Cecilia Aare

    07 "‘Deeper and Deeper and Deeper’: Narrative Nonfiction and the Interiority of the Other in South Africa"

    Anthea Garman

    08 "The Paradox of Political Literary Journalism: How Dutch Journalists Simultaneously Increase and Decrease Intersubjective Distance"

    Kobie van Krieken, Adriënne Ummels, and José Sanders

    09 "Reconstruction of a Scandal: The Relotius Case in Germany"

    Tobias Eberwein

    10 "Perilous Reckonings: American Literary Journalism as a World Literary Journalism" William Dow

    Part Three: War and Conflict

    11 "The Empathic Reporter: A Simulation of Perspective-Taking in an Arabic Reportage on the 1936 Revolt in Palestine"

    Pasquale Macaluso

    12 "Literary Journalism and the Spanish Civil War: A New Approach to the Conflict Through the Crónica"

    Antonio Cuartero

    13 "‘The Years That the Locust Has Eaten’: Australian Writer George Johnston on World War II in the Asia–Pacific"

    Beate Josephi

    14 "Testimonies of War: Reportages by Samar Yazbek and Atef Abu Saif"

    Hania A. M. Nashef

    15 "War Reportage in Iraq: Perceptions and Experiences from Portuguese Literary Journalists"

    Manuel João de Carvalho Coutinho

    Part Four: Immigration and the Border

    16 "Edmund O’Donovan in Asia and Africa: Literary Journalism at the Edge of Empire"

    Andrew Griffiths

    17 "Ancestral Fears and Everyday Horrors: Decoding the Narrative and Rhetorical Strategies behind Crónicas of Violence in El Salvador"

    Patricia Poblete Alday

    18 "Writing the Disasters of War: The Literary Journalism of Displacement in the Middle East"

    Deborah Campbell

    19 "The Skin of the Borders: Chronicles on the Shaping of a Catalan Identity in the Twenty-first Century"

    Xavier Pla

    Part Five: Female Literary Journalists Around the World

    20 "Female ‘Vagabond’ or Stunt Reporter? The Undercover Literary Journalism of Australian Colonial Journalist Catherine Hay Thomson"

    Kerrie Davies and Willa McDonald

    21 "Carmen de Burgos (Colombine) in the Heraldo de Madrid: A Pioneer of Spanish Women’s Literary Journalism"

    Helena Establier Pérez

    22 "Sylvia de Arruda Botelho Bittencourt: Brazil’s Pioneering Female Literary War Journalist"

    Monica Martinez

    23 "Collecting Voices: Alma Guillermoprieto as an Interpreter of the Latin American ‘Other’"

    Liliana Chávez Díaz

    24 "Poetry and Music in Leila Guerriero’s Argentine Crónicas and Profiles"

    Laura Ventura

    Part Six: Censorship and Politics

    25 "‘Inscrutable are Your Destinies, O Russian Censorship!’: Unarrested Development of Literary Journalism in the Empire"

    Dmitry V. Kharitonov

    26 "Italian Literary Journalism: A Difficult Codification Between War, Fascism, and Democracy"

    Federico Casari

    27 "Two Roads Against Censorship: The Diverging J’accuse Letters of Rodolfo Walsh and María Elena Walsh and Their Influence on Current Argentine Cronistas"

    Roberto Herrscher

    28 "The Politics of Literary Journalism in the New Poland"

    Aleksandra Katarzyna Wiktorowska

    Part Seven: Indigenous Voices

    29 "Emerging from the Silence and Fallacies: Uncovering the Stories and Struggles of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil, Argentina, and Peru"

    Dolors Palau-Sampio

    30 "From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean: Topics and Topoi in Portuguese Language Crónica of Twenty-first Century Africa"

    Alice Trindade and Isabel Soares

    31 "The New Cronistas of the Indies … and the Indigenous Chroniclers?"

    Ignacio Corona

    Part Eight: Literary Journalists and (Inter)National Dailies and Magazines

    32 "Literary Journalism à la française: Changes and Challenges in the French Magazine Press"

    Isabelle Meuret

    33 "October 17 and Beyond: Crisis Reportage and the Birth of Literary and Experimental Journalism in Lebanon"

    Talal Hauchar

    34 "The ‘Uncomfortables’: El Salvador’s El Faro and Investigative Literary Journalism"

    Jeffrey Peer

    Part Nine: Literary Journalism in the Digital Age

    35 "From Objectivity to Emotionality: The Rules of Engagement in Multimedia Journalism" Andrew Duffy and Lydia Small

    36 "Indie Visionaries: Advancing the Digital Frontier of Literary Journalism in India"

    David O. Dowling and Subin Paul

    37 "Polish Book Reportage in the Digital Age: Symptoms of Adaptation"

    Katarzyna Frukacz

    38 "Anticipating a Worldmaking Aesthetics: Rereading the Archives of Literary Journalism to Imagine Alternative Futures"

    Soenke Zehle


    John S. Bak is Professor at the Université de Lorraine in France and Founding President of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. In addition to having published several articles on literary journalism, he co-edited (with Bill Reynolds) Literary Journalism Across the Globe (2011) and (with Monica Martinez) a special issue of Brazilian Journalism Research entitled “Literary Journalism as a Discipline” (2018). He currently heads the research project ReportAGES on world literary journalism at the Université de Lorraine.

    Bill Reynolds is Professor of Journalism at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada, where he teaches courses in narrative. He was one of the co-founders of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, which was launched in 2006, and has been Editor of Literary Journalism Studies since 2014. He and John S. Bak co-edited Literary Journalism Across the Globe (2011), the first collection of essays dedicated to world literary journalism.