Course Addition- Jour 5606W Literary Aspects of Journalism
Journalism is not fiction, of course. Yet the line between what is true and what is fabricated has a complex and intriguing history in literature and in journalism.
David Foster Wallace...Daniel Defoe...Joan Didion...John Hersey...Susan Orlean...Jon Krakauer...Tom Wolfe...John McPhee...Tracy Kidder...Joseph Mitchell...William Langewiesche...Vanessa Grigoriadis...Hunter S. Thompson...Jane Kramer...Calvin Trillin...Truman Capote...
If you want to be a great writer, you have to read great stuff. Take Jour 5606w.
Jour 5606 W: Literary Aspects of Journalism
MWF, 11:15 - 12:05, Murphy 228.
This writing-intensive course will explore that relationship by close readings and a broad historical lens - starting with the 18th century journalistic fictions that allowed political commentary and ultimately created the novel and ending with the post-modern literary journalism of the late David Foster Wallace. Students will look at the literary devices used by journalists such as Nellie Bly in her first-hand investigations into conditions for the mentally ill in the 19th century or, later, Truman Capote in his novel-length treatment of a family's murder in Kansas.
Readings will include works by the pivotal nonfiction writers who defined the so-called New Journalism of the 20th century, such as John Hershey, Michael Herr, Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, and will trace how those pioneering efforts created the plethora of literary nonfiction forms today in reported magazine articles, memoirs and essays.
Students will write on topics related to these readings and will also have an opportunity to produce one example of literary journalism.