International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-9) edition:9 location:Paris, France date:15-17 May 2014
One of the projects of literary journalism has been to add depth, complexity, and an experience of what Mark Kramer has called “felt life” to the representation of the events, situations, ideas, and characters about which we read and hear in the mainstream media. Such representations, particularly of people and their imagined communities, often rely for their intelligibility on stereotypes (Lippmann 1922). Those stereotypes and commonplaces can be considered as assertions of knowledge that members of a community commonly share, and as such as necessary doxic elements that make all intersubjectivity possible (Amossy 2002). Literary journalism seeks to add new perspectives and dimensions of complexity, of nuance, and of depth to those stereotypical elements. Such efforts involve the work of imagination, invention, and ethical choices – in short, the work of rhetoric. In this panel, we will examine the rhetorical function of commonplaces and stereotypes about communities and the rhetorical invention of new perspectives (Pauly 2011, Keeble and Wheeler 2007).