Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Although nonfictional writing provides critical insights into history in ways that fictional writing never could, it is very often relegated to a “second-class citizen” status in the realm of literary criticism and appreciation. Literacy tradition has created a hard line between literature, specifically novels and short stories and poetry, which we regard as created fictions and nonliterary test – journalism, biography, history, essays, and so on- which we think of as records of actuality. This distinction is what prevents us from applying to nonfiction the analytical tools we use to uncover the secrets of "literary art. (McCord 748)


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1994 Jordana L. Nissen.