This volume not only calls attention to literary journalism as a distinctive genre but also provides a critical foundation for future scholarship. It brings together cutting-edge research from literary journalism scholars, examining historical perspectives; themes, venues, and genres across time; theoretical approaches and disciplinary intersections; and new directions for scholarly inquiry.
Taking a thematic approach, this new companion provides an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and international study of American literary journalism. From the work of Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman to that of Joan Didion and Dorothy Parker, literary journalism is a genre that both reveals and shapes American history and identity. This volume not only calls attention to literary journalism as a distinctive genre but also provides a critical foundation for future scholarship. It brings together cutting-edge research from literary journalism scholars, examining historical perspectives; themes, venues, and genres across time; theoretical approaches and disciplinary intersections; and new directions for scholarly inquiry. Provoking reconsideration and inquiry, while providing new historical interpretations, this companion recognizes, interacts with, and honors the tradition and legacies of American literary journalism scholarship. Engaging the work of disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, African American studies, gender studies, visual studies, media studies, and American studies, in addition to journalism and literary studies, this book is perfect for students and scholars of those disciplines.
Table of Contents
PART 1: Historical Perspectives "From the Boston News-Letter, Through the 'Couranteers': Epistolarity, Reportage, and Entertaining Literature in Colonial American Newspapers." Colin T. Ramsey. "The Antebellum Origins of American Literary Journalism: Five Pioneers." Carolyn L. Karcher. "Literary Journalism in Transition: The Early Memoirs of William Grimes, Mattie Jackson, and Nicholas Said." Jessie Lafrance and Barbara McCaskill. "American Realism and the Stirrings of Literary Journalism." Thomas Connery. "Literary Journalism and America's Naturalistic Writers." Roark Mulligan. "Journalistic Literature: Female Reporters and Newspaper Fiction, 1880-1930." Karen Roggenkamp. "Two Gilded Ages: Literary Muckrakers 1900s/2000s." Cecelia Tichi. "'Feel the Fact': The 1930s Reportage of Joseph North, John L. Spivak, and Meridel LeSueur." Don Dingledine. "Performative Criticism and the Problem of Modernist Chic: Gertrude Stein, Janet Flanner, and Dorothy Parker." Nancy Bombaci. "The New Journalism, 1960-1980." John J. Pauly. "Eternal Present Tense: The New Journalism Moved beyond Basic Needs to Tell Deeper Narratives about Chicago '68." Bill Reynolds. "Literary Journalism and Alternative Media." Susan Keith. "From Magazines to Newsprint: How Literary Journalism Went 'Mainstream'." Jim Collins. "Literary Journalism at the Center: A Process of Maturation." Miles Maguire. "Coming of Age as a Writer in the 1960s: Realizations about Voice." Mark Kramer. PART 2: Themes, Venues, and Genres across Time "Of Troops and Tropes: U.S. Literary War Journalism from the Civil War to the War on Terror." John Bak. "Literary Journalism and Social Activism." Nancy L. Roberts. "Literary Journalism and American Magazines." Doug Underwood. "Literary Journalism's Historical Lineage: In Defense of Mencken." Stacy Spaulding. "A Short, Comprehensive History of Literary Sports Journalism." Ted Geltner and Ted Spiker. PART 3: Theorizing American Literary Journalism: Disciplinary Intersections "American Literary Journalism and Book History: Crossing the Divide." Kathy Roberts Forde. "Exploring the Referentiality of Narrative Literary Journalism." John C. Hartsock. "Immersion Journalism and The Second Order Narrative." Christopher P. Wilson. "Conceptualizing an Ecological Approach to Ethical Literary Journalism." Lindsay Morton. "The Ethnographic Impulse." Bruce Gillespie. "From Major to Minor: Literary Journalism and the First Person." Lisa A. Phillips. PART 4: New Directions for Scholarly Inquiry "The 'Black Difference' in African American Literary Journalism." Roberta S. Maguire. "Metabolizing Genres: American Poetry and Literary Journalism." William E. Dow. "The Revivifying Flames of Rock and Roll Journalism." Todd Schack. "Literary Journalism and the Pedagogy of Liberal Education." Jeffrey C. Neely and Mitzi Lewis. "From Magic Lantern Slides to Virtual Reality: Tracing the Visual in and around American Literary Journalism." Jacqueline Marino and Susan Jacobson. "Literary Journalism and Ecocriticism." Robert Alexander. "The Disclosure of Difference: Literary Journalism and the Postmodern." Pascal Sigg. "Beyond Comparison: American Literary Journalism in a Global Context." Isabelle Meuret. "Literary Journalism in the Digital Age." David O. Dowling.