ENGL 389

Nonfiction Workshop: Bearing Witness - Writing about Human Rights and Social Justice Issues

Prerequisite: ENGL 106. Students in this course will examine and attempt journalistic and essayistic accounts of human rights disasters and social justice issues, discussing the ways in which writers balance personal agenda and ideology against the burden of proof and objectivity, both of which are often difficult to come by in the midst of a war, natural disaster, or atrocity. Readings may include Martha Gelhorn, Orwell, Primo Levi, John Hersey, Seymour Hersh, Tim O’Brien, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Philip Gourevitch. Offered alternate years. III.O,III.W, V.6b