The Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism

1st Edition

William E. Dow, Roberta S. Maguire

Routledge
December 2, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 572 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138695832 - CAT# Y286810
Series: Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions

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Summary

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.

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