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If the Truth Be Told

Accounts in Literary Forms

  • Authors


  • If the Truth Be Told calls into question what we might accept as the truth in our everyday lives as well as what we might consider evidence to support a claim in research by offering a wide collection of fiction and nonfiction for consideration

  • If the Truth Be Told presents a variety of literary forms, (e.g., haiku, sonnets, free verse, personal narratives, flash fiction, short stories, monologues, short plays), for the pleasures of reading literature about personal relationships, childhood and adolescent experiences, criminal acts, religious beliefs, aging and death, and truth telling, ranging from the mundane to the profound, the comic to the dramatic

  • If the Truth Be Told offers an extended list of questions that invite the reader to consider their own stance in relationship to truth and truth telling


Part of the Social Fictions Series book series (SFS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Ronald J. Pelias
    Pages 1-34
  3. Ronald J. Pelias
    Pages 35-73
  4. Ronald J. Pelias
    Pages 75-100
  5. Ronald J. Pelias
    Pages 101-137
  6. Ronald J. Pelias
    Pages 139-174
  7. Ronald J. Pelias
    Pages 175-207
  8. Ronald J. Pelias
    Pages 209-210
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 211-227

About this book


If the Truth Be Told: Accounts in Literary Forms plays with the sense of truth. It is composed of six chapters, “Childhood Dangers,” “Relational Logics,” “Jesus Chronicles,” “Criminal Tales,” “Aging, Illness, and Death Lessons,” and “Telling Truths.” Each chapter includes fictional and nonfictional accounts, including poems, stories, monologues, short dramas, essays, creative nonfiction, and mixed genres, to address each chapter’s subject. Pieces are based on the author’s personal experiences, newspapers accounts, and purely fictional accounts (all revealed in an appendix at the end of the book). Moving through the book from beginning to end, readers may or may not know whether they are reading a nonfictional or fictional text. Pelias intentionally subverts assumptions readers may have in reading the different pieces in order to blur the boundaries of what counts as evidence, what might be accepted as truth, what might be of use in everyday lives. In this vein, Pelias invites readers to consider what they value and why. As an engaging compilation of literary works, this book can be read by anyone simply for pleasure. If Truth Be Told can also be used in any number of college courses in communication, creative writing, cultural studies, ethics, narrative inquiry, philosophy, psychology, sociology and qualitative inquiry. The book includes an extensive appendix with general and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions. 

“If the truth be told, I’d confess that I found myself in many of the stories he told; I anticipate that other readers will as well, and we’ll all be better for it. If the Truth Be Told solidifies Pelias’s standing as a wise and creative writer par excellence.” – Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida

“For anyone interested in learning how to poetically and creatively capture the human experience, If the Truth be Told is a must read. Each tale richly satisfies yet whets the desire for more; the only solution is to keep reading right through to the end.”– Lesa Lockford, Bowling Green State University

Ronald J. Pelias has spent his career working with the fusion of performance, literature, and qualitative methods in an ongoing search for truths that provide momentary places of rest.     


truth, truth-telling fiction and nonfiction qualitative inquiry arts-based inquiry

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title If the Truth Be Told
  • Book Subtitle Accounts in Literary Forms
  • Authors Ronald J. Pelias
  • Series Title Social Fictions Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6300-456-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 228
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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