Media and Cultural Studies Pietermaritzburg Campus

ENGL 303: Literature and Journalism

In this course we explore the boundary between literature and journalism. We ask questions about what makes a text, written or visual, journalistic and/or literary. We explore the conventionally-assumed differences between fictional and journalistic writing strategies. We examine the ‘sociological’, the ‘literary’, the ‘creative’ and the ‘documentary’ in relation to a range of texts, including documentary film, and contextualize engagements with South African texts within a historical and cultural framework. We also explore the relationships between creative and documentary forms of representation.

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