Description: Formal, aesthetic, and cultural relationships among literature, art, music, drama, film, and other related arts.
Prerequisites: A minimum of 45 hours completed or consent of the instructor
Graduate Level Course: This course is approved for graduate credit
Credit Hours: 3
Dates: 01/13/2020 - 05/02/2020
Building: Fell Hall 280 (FEL 280)
Section Note: Literature & the Related Arts: Literary Journalism: Announcing the first-ever team-taught course between English and Journalism! This writing-intensive course has been developed in response to English major requests that faculty work and teach more across disciplines, complementing your English coursework with content and skills from related knowledge areas. This course will be led by Drs. Katherine Ellison (ENG) and John Huxford (COM), who will introduce you to the history and practice of literary journalism. The course will be populated by about half English majors and half journalism majors. Dr. Ellison will discuss the rich history of journalism as it developed alongside and in constant conversation with the literary arts, particularly the novel form. She will introduce students to theories of the novel, fiction, and narrative, articulating how literary texts and journalistic texts describe setting, character, events, and cultures similarly and differently, highlighting the fuzzy line between the forms and what they can learn from one another. She will lead you through a highlight reel of great, moving moments in literary writing. Dr. Huxford, a journalist, will discuss the practical and professional requirements of writing literary journalism today, leading students through examples and exercises. Taught in COM’s high-tech computer lab, students will learn theory and history but also the fundamental skills of interviewing, representing dialogue, profiling character, building setting, finding storylines, using literary strategies like symbols effectively, and experimenting with perspective. Importantly, both faculty will stress the ethics of literary journalism – particularly in today’s climate -- and discuss the particular issues at stake when writing about social reform, civil rights, war, scandals, politics, opinions, and technology.
Textbooks have not been finalized for section.