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The Nonfiction Novella
UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Spring 2002

Mark Danner

We will focus on reading and analyzing long nonfiction: how it is reported, how it is structured, how it is written. We will do some writing but the emphasis will be on close reading and plenty of it. Authors will include, among others, V.S. Naipaul, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Janet Malcolm, Bruce Chatwin, George Orwell.

January 22: Introduction, The Nonfiction Novella January 30: Erich Auerbach, "Odysseus' Scar," Mimesis Homer, The Odyssey, Book XIX "Elohim," Genesis, Chapter 22, V.S. Naipaul, "The Return of Eva Peron" February 5: George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" "Marrakech," Homage to Catalonia, The Road to Wigan Pier February 12: Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down Ridley Scott, "Black Hawk Down" (Sony Pictures) [CNN Presents, "Black Hawk Down"] February 19: Joseph Conrad, "Heart of Darkness" Sven Lindqvist, Exterminate All the Brutes Sven Lindqvist, A History of Bombing February 26: Henry Adams, Democracy H. Adams & C.F. Adams, Chapters of Erie March 5: Mark Danner, The Massacre at El Mozote March 12: Janet Malcolm, The Journalist and the Murderer, "The Silent Woman" [In the Freud Archives] March 19: Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Emperor, Shah of Shahs April 2: John McPhee, A Sense of Where You Are  ("Lists of Ingredients" Due) April 9: Thomas Whiteside, Twiggy and Justin George W.S. Trow, Within the Context of No Context [Daniel Boorstin, The Image] April 16: Joan Didion, Salvador, Democracy April 23: Ian Jack, "Gibraltar," The Granta Book of Reporting, Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (Long Piece Openings Due) April 30: Truman Capote, In Cold Blood May 7: Truman Capote, In Cold Blood [along w/ Robert Brooks' film, In Cold Blood] (Final Papers Due) May 14: Primo Levy, A Man's A Man (aka, Survival in Auschwitz) [Louis Begley, Wartime Lies, Gitta Sereny, Into That Darkness, W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants] Other Recommended Texts: Lawrence Weschler, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of WonderCalamities of Exile; William Styron, Darkness Visible; C.S. Lewis, Grief Observed

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