English 190

Research Seminar: The New Journalism and the Nonfiction Novel


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Fall 2011 Gordon, Zachary
Gordon, Zach
TTh 9:30-11 221 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Hersey, J.: Hiroshima; Mailer, N.: The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History; Capote, T.: In Cold Blood; Didion, J.: Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Herr, M.: Dispatches; Wolfe, T.: The New Journalism

Description

This course focuses on the intersection of literature and journalism, with particular attention to the emergence of the New Journalism. The genre, defined in terms of its application of literary techniques to news reporting, often constructs stories around scenes, employs extended dialogue, or portrays another’s thoughts, all the while remaining confined to verifiable facts. Over the course of the semester we’ll both examine the way our different authors deploy such techniques and place their works and the genre as a whole in historical context. We will also examine the category in more theoretical terms, interrogating its stability and self-proclaimed novelty.

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