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ENGL 4002 Narrative Journalism in Peace and War (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will engage with modern and contemporary examples of so-called "long form" journalistic narratives (essays, books, and perhaps an example of graphic journalism) that, by applying literary techniques to nonfiction, tell us a story about contemporary social life. Discussing matters of literary form and technique as well as journalistic norms, we will cover nonfiction texts that address both social conditions on the home front (inequality, Wall Street adventurism, street crime, race relations, police culture) and international conflicts (including war and terrorism), generally (but not always) involving the U.S. Writers covered will include figures such as Michael Lewis, Joan Didion, George Packer, William Finnegan, Suki Kim, Isabel Wilkerson, Geraldine Brooks, Mike Davis, Alex Kotlowitz, John Hersey, Anne Fadiman and others. This is a CRITICAL course.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Christopher Wilson

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: JOUR2202

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Last Updated: 16-Jul-18