Special Study: Literary Journalism and War

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Study: Literary Journalism and War

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Journalism, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior study of journalism at intermediate level.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    In this course students will read closely five exceptional books of journalism dealing with
    war. In these books -- from George Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War to Dexter
    Filkins's reporting on the American invasion of Iraq -- the writers are centre stage,
    exploring their own feelings and beliefs as they try to makes sense of the chaos of war.

    Through analysing the texts students will examine the historical, cultural and theretical
    contexts of the conflicts themselves and and also how journalism deals with describing
    war. And through close attention to the style of these writers students become familiar
    with literary journalism and be given an opportunity to develop their own narrative

    Autumn Semester 2013:
    George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
    Michael Herr, Dispatches

    Spring Semester 2014:
    Ryszard Kapuscinski, Another Day of Life
    Kevin Myers, Watching the Door
    Dexter Filkins, The Forever War

    Teaching: 2 hour seminars every other week

    ? 6000 word Essay (70%)
    ? Practical project (to be agreed with module leader) (30%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: Portfolio
    STUDY OPTION 3: Portfolio

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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