The Nonfiction Novella
UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
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.
Introduction, The Nonfiction Novella
V.S. Naipaul, "The Return of Eva Peron,"
George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language,"
George Orwell, "Marrakech"
Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Soccer War
Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief
Mark Danner, The Massacre at El Mozote
(Paper, "Establishing Voice and Place")
John McPhee, A Sense of Where You Are
Thomas Whiteside, Twiggy and Justin,
George W.S. Trow, Within the Context of No Context [Trow, My Pilgrim's Progress]*
Ian Jack, "Gibraltar"
James Fenton, "The Fall of Saigon"
Lawrence Weschler, Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders
Philip Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
V.S. Naipaul, "In A Free State"
March 27: SPRING VACATION
William Finnegan, Cold New World
Michael Herr, Dispatches
Neil Sheehan, "The Battle of Ap Bac" from A Bright Shining Lie
Janet Malcolm, The Journalist and the Murderer
Janet Malcolm, The Silent Woman [Janet Malcolm, In the Freud Archives]
Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Emperor
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place
(Paper on book of choice)
Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia [Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines]
[optional route on May 1: Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind, Timothy Garton Ash, The
File, Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting]
May 8: Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
[Norman Mailer, Armies of the Night]