ENGL 244
First-Hand America Spring 2010
Division I
Cross-listed AMST 108 / ENGL 244
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Gonzo journalism, the nonfiction novel, literary journalism, the “new new journalism.” Before “American Studies” was named and developed as an academic field the study of American culture thrived in the able hands of writers, reformers and amateur anthropologists whose works continue to form the basis of the curriculum. This course is an introduction to American culture through the eyes of extraordinary writers who work as public intellectuals, addressing a readership that reaches beyond the university. We will travel to Alaska with John McPhee, to Miami with Joan Didion, to Sing Sing prison with Ted Conover, and to the Hmong community of Northern California with Ann Fadiman, examining at every stop both the cultures in which these acute observers immerse themselves and their interpretive techniques. Works will be drawn from the following list of authors: Jane Addams, Zora Neal Hurston, Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Studs Terkel, John Edgar Wideman, Peggy Orenstein, Jon Krakauer, Susan Orlean, and Mitchell Duneier.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 19
Class#: 3112
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation; a combination of critical/analytical writing and creative nonfiction
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 108 Division II ENGL 244 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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