Research topic: Non-fiction
Generally speaking, the term non-fiction refers to all texts that do not count as fiction.
Research into non-fiction texts examines both literary non-fiction (such as biographies, academic texts, textbooks, periodicals etc.) and functional non-fiction (such as newspaper reports, websites, political manifestos and advertising copy).
Important questions concern the ways in which these texts communicate, their effects on people in different contexts, and the relationship between form and content.
Most texts on the Internet are non-fiction and accordingly much of our research is concerned with older and more recent online genres, including dictionaries and educational aids. Currently there is also increasing interest in the use of "plain language" within the public sector, and our research is also relevant here.
Non-fiction texts have become more important in schools, in particular in the study of Norwegian, as well as in other subjects.
Research into non-fiction is a young research field that has its centre of gravity in Norway and Sweden – it is not an autonomous academic area. Most researchers in this area use tools derived from rhetoric, textual criticism, literary sciences and media sciences.
However they have also established close links with researchers into sociology, history and philosophy. It is also important to remember that non-fiction is concerned with fact. Accordingly, in order to conduct good research, the researcher must be knowledgeable about the field in question, whether this is technical, legal or scientific in nature.