'This essay examines some of the critical reactions to Garner’s writing, in
particular her long-form literary journalism, and proposes that her work has
provoked censure when it has refused to follow traditional journalistic conventions;
chosen not to establish a clear contract of intention with its readership;
privileged the exploration of the writer’s emotions over intellectual
frameworks; and challenged traditional notions of subjectivity and objectivity.
What I hope to demonstrate is that a closer engagement with Garner’s
nonfiction by academic critics would be a fruitful contribution to the field of
literary journalism' (p.260).