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The Nonfiction Narrator

Semester and Year SP 2014
Course Number WRTNG-UG1029
Section 001
Instructor Alex Halberstadt
Days T
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U



Much of the most exciting and influential postwar nonfiction—magazine writing as well as longer forms—has been marked by the emergence of a first-person narrator as a character and sometimes as a protagonist. It ushered in a newly lyrical and personal body of work, making the case for nonfiction as a full-fledged literary genre. In this class students will narrate their work from inside the story, trying their hand at first-person reporting, memoir, essay, cultural coverage. We will explore opportunities for enriching reporting with memoiristic writing and composing scenes, while learning to avoid preciousness and solipsism. We will also examine the way this technique changed the course of long-form journalism and nonfiction in readings from Michael Herr, Truman Capote, Wells Tower, Renata Adler, Dave Hickey, Geoff Dyer, James Baldwin and Eileen Myles.


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Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)