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Spring 2015-2016
* JRN 440 (LA)   na, npdf

The Literature of Fact - Subcultures and Social Worlds

Amy D. Waldman

This course will focus on subcultures and social worlds -- Freegans and trolls, the urban poor and the "one percent", Wagnerites and goths, Iraq war veterans and Iranian immigrants, the deaf and their families: subcultures shape the news and culture but also emerge as responses to them. Writing on such groups, and their origins, rituals, and beliefs, has made for some of the best non-fiction of the past half-century. Students will read from that body of work in the service of creating their own, using reporting on the subcultures of Princeton, its surrounds, and the Internet.

Sample reading list:
Joan Didion, Slouching toward Bethlehem
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Random Family
Andrew Solomon, "The Deaf" (Far From the Tree)
John Jeremiah Sullivan, "Upon This Rock" (Pulphead)
Elif Batuman, "The View from the Stands" (The New Yorker)
Mattathias Schwartz, "The Trolls Among Us" (New York Times Magazine)

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation a week, consisting of reading and writing. Weekly short assignments; one longer project. Bi-weekly individual meetings with the professor.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
If the course fills, you may email to be put on a waiting list. Please include a paragraph about the reasons for your interest in the course..

Other information:
Amy Waldman is a writer of both nonfiction and fiction. Her work has been published in the New Yorker and the Atlantic, among other publications, and she spent eight years as a reporter for the New York Times, including three as bureau chief in New Delhi. She also has been a professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Her first novel, The Submission, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2011.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 3
Juniors Only 5
Seniors Only 3


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40018 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Henry House   15   Enrolled:13 Limit:16