Saturday, August 13, 2011

JOU 6309 Journalism as Literature
1090 Weimer Hall Tuesday 4:05 – 7:05 p.m.
Dr. Ronald R. Rodgers / Office: 3058 Weimer 
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The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.
Oscar Wilde (1891)
This course lies at the crossroads of journalism and literature. During the next 15 weeks we will explore the journalistic, historical and critical tangents that make up the notion of literary journalism as we read and analyze some of the best reportage ever written. In the process of reading the works of many fine journalists, we will weigh how form and content work together to create great factual literature.

This course will look back as far as the 18th century at some of the literary antecedents to what Tom Wolfe – and others before and after him – have called the "New Journalism." We will then read and analyze the works of many different literary journalists and commentators on literary journalism  from the 19th century to our present day.

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