Non-Fiction Booms, North and South: A Transatlantic Perspective

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This essay explores the differences between the non-fiction booms that have occurred in the United States and South Africa during the 1990s and the opening decade of the twenty-first century. Nixon asks what factors have contributed to the enhanced status of non-fiction in these two distinctive societies. In the process he looks at the politics of non-fiction's aesthetics and reception against the backdrop of neo-liberalism, gender and racial dynamics, the changing aura of the "real" in a digital age, and the politics of selfhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Aesthetic form
  • American memoir boom
  • Documentary creativity
  • Gendered narrative
  • Genre migration
  • Investigative non-fiction
  • Memoir
  • Narrative authority
  • Non-fiction
  • Racial politics
  • South African literature


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