Crónicas and new journalism

Authored by: Anadeli Bencomo

The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138479821
eBook ISBN: 9781351064705
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Narrative journalism, also known as Literary Journalism, is a particular type of writing that combines reporting methods with stylistic markers most commonly associated with literature (→ Journalism, III/32). A hybrid form, as often described, narrative journalism has a long history in Latin America where it was common practice in the 19th century or early 20th century for intellectuals to travel to Europe and North America to witness the way of life in modern cities and other cultures, in order to share their experiences and thoughts with their fellow readers back home (→ Travel Writing, III/22). J. F. Sarmiento, J. Martí, J.J. Tablada, and Rubén Darío all acted as foreign correspondents while crafting these travel writings known as crónicas. Additionally, their various styles are observed as continuing in their tradition: romanticism, modernism (→ III/14), surrealism, and other -isms were recognizable in the crónicas of these authors who were well known as poets and writers, but also popular for their pieces in newspapers and magazines.

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