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.

chapter |14 pages


ByRoberta S. Maguire, William E. Dow

part I|2 pages

Historical Perspectives

chapter 1|11 pages

From the Boston News-Letter to the “Couranteers”

Epistolarity, Reportage, and Entertaining Literature in Colonial American Newspapers
ByColin T. Ramsey

chapter 2|16 pages

The Antebellum Origins of American Literary Journalism

Five Pioneers
ByCarolyn L. Karcher

chapter 3|13 pages

Literary Journalism in Transition

The Early Memoirs of William Grimes, Mattie Jackson, and Nicholas Said
ByJessie Lafrance Dunbar, Barbara McCaskill

chapter 4|10 pages

American Realism and the Stirrings of Literary Journalism

ByThomas Connery

chapter 5|14 pages

Literary Journalism and America’s Naturalistic Writers

ByRoark Mulligan

chapter 6|10 pages

Journalistic Literature

Female Reporters and Newspaper Fiction, 1880–1930
ByKaren Roggenkamp

chapter 7|19 pages

Two Gilded Ages

Literary Muckrakers 1900s/2000s
ByCecelia Tichi

chapter 8|20 pages

“Feel the Fact”

The 1930s Reportage of Joseph North, John L. Spivak, and Meridel Le Sueur
ByDon Dingledine

chapter 9|19 pages

Performative Criticism and the Problem of Modernist Chic

Gertrude Stein, Janet Flanner, and Dorothy Parker
ByNancy Bombaci

chapter 10|14 pages

The New Journalism, 1960–80

ByJohn J. Pauly

chapter 11|20 pages

Eternal Present Tense

The New Journalism Moved beyond Basic Needs to Tell Deeper Narratives about Chicago ’68
ByBill Reynolds

chapter 12|16 pages

Literary Journalism and Alternative Media

BySusan Keith

chapter 13|14 pages

From Magazines to Newsprint

How Literary Journalism Went “Mainstream”
ByJim Collins

chapter 14|12 pages

Literary Journalism at the Center

A Process of Maturation
ByMiles Maguire

chapter 15|8 pages

Coming of Age as a Writer in the Sixties

Realizations about Voice
ByMark Kramer

part II|2 pages

Themes, Venues, and Genres across Time

chapter 16|21 pages

Of Troops and Tropes

US Literary War Journalism from the Civil War to the War on Terror
ByJohn S. Bak

chapter 17|13 pages

Literary Journalism and Social Activism

ByNancy L. Roberts

chapter 18|19 pages

Literary Journalism and American Magazines

ByDoug Underwood

chapter 19|12 pages

Literary Journalism’s Historical Lineage

In Defense of Mencken
ByStacy Spaulding

chapter 20|13 pages

A Short, Comprehensive History of Literary Sports Journalism

ByTed Geltner, Ted Spiker

part III|2 pages

Theorizing American Literary Journalism

chapter 21|10 pages

American Literary Journalism and Book History

Crossing the Divide
ByKathy Roberts Forde

chapter 22|20 pages

Exploring the Referentiality of Narrative Literary Journalism

ByJohn C. Hartsock

chapter 23|15 pages

Immersion Journalism and the Second-Order Narrative

ByChristopher P. Wilson

chapter 24|13 pages

Conceptualizing an Ecological Approach to Ethical Literary Journalism

ByLindsay Morton

chapter 25|12 pages

The Ethnographic Impulse

ByBruce Gillespie

chapter 26|12 pages

From Major to Minor

Literary Journalism and the First Person
ByLisa A. Phillips

part IV|2 pages

New Directions for Scholarly Inquiry

chapter 27|17 pages

The “Black Difference” in African American Literary Journalism

ByRoberta S. Maguire

chapter 28|18 pages

Metabolizing Genres

American Poetry and Literary Journalism
ByWilliam E. Dow

chapter 29|15 pages

The Revivifying Flames of Rock and Roll Journalism

ByTodd Schack

chapter 30|16 pages

Literary Journalism and the Pedagogy of Liberal Education

ByJeffrey C. Neely, Mitzi Lewis

chapter 31|17 pages

From Magic Lantern Slides to Virtual Reality

Tracing the Visual in and around American Literary Journalism
ByJacqueline Marino, Susan Jacobson

chapter 32|16 pages

Literary Journalism and Ecocriticism

ByRobert Alexander

chapter 33|11 pages

The Disclosure of Difference

Literary Journalism and the Postmodern
ByPascal Sigg

chapter 34|20 pages

Beyond Comparison

American Literary Journalism in a Global Context
ByIsabelle Meuret

chapter 35|14 pages

Literary Journalism in the Digital Age

ByDavid O. Dowling