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Instructor Info:Michael Lesy
Office Extension x5399
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 102
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 102
Description: Literary journalism encompasses a variety of genres, including portrait/biography, memoir, and investigation of the social landscape. Literary journalism uses such devices as plot, character, and dialogue to tell true stories about a variety of real worlds. By combining evocation with analysis, immersion with investigation, literary journalism tries to reproduce the complex surfaces and depth of people, places, and events. Books to be read will include: The JOHN McPHEE READER, Dexter Filkin's THE FOREVER WAR, and Wilkerson's THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS. Students will be asked to produce weekly, non-fiction narratives based on encounters with local scenes, situations and people. Mid-term and Final writing projects will be based on the fieldwork and short, non-fiction narratives that students will produce, week after week. Fieldwork will demand initiative, patience, curiosity, empathy, and guts. The writing itself will have to be excellent. Core requirementts are: (1) Meeting weekly deadlines and (2) Being scrupulously well-read and well-prepared for class.