Literary Journalistic Tropes In Norman Mailer's The Armies Of The Night

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Writing Out of the Box: Literary Journalistic Tropes in Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night
1. Introduction
In the 1960s, literary journalism emerged as a new hybrid genre that combines the best practices of both fact and fiction, or journalism and literature. The emerging genre is marked by the publication of two non-fictional books written by Truman Capote and Norman Mailer; namely In Cold Blood (1965) and The Armies of the Night (1968) respectively. At the same year of its publication, Mailer’s The Armies has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Since then, it has been the focus of critical investigation as a major work of American nonfiction. Literary journalism has various labels that are used interchangeably. Leonira Flis
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To show the manifestation of the theory of literary journalism in practice, Mailer’s text, The Armies of the Night, is analyzed. The purpose of analyzing Mailer’s text is to show how the emerging genre effectively creates a third space in-between the well- established genres of fiction and non-fiction. This paper proposes three tropes of literary journalism: the intertextual, the self-reflexive, and the autobiographical. On proposing these tropes of literary journalism, this paper mainly attempts to connect the critical discussion to Mailer’s Armies with its explicit and implicit reflection on the…show more content…
This explains the turn towards “the mythicizing objectification of the world by the media through which we get much of our ‘news.’ The ‘reality’ the mass media cover —objects of their attention—has become indistinguishable from the way they cover it” (Frus 164). Phyllis Frus points out that mass media has utterly transformed the way that American society saw itself. The new paradigm threatens both traditional journalists and men of letters as it blurs the boundaries between what is factual and what is fictional. In this regard, Edward Epstein assumes that journalistic narrative can allure its audience only through adopting fictional imagery in which characters are cast “in the form of the fictive story, with narrative closure” (263). Therefore, visual media emerges as a “menace” to print journalism in such a context of shifting paradigms. In an attempt to resolve this devastating situation, the journalists managed to find a new role in the journalistic narrative through which they used tropes of fiction to tell news stories. This marked the emergence of the literary journalism of the

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