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Journée d'études "Révoltes et utopies : la contre-culture américaine des années soixante"

Publié le 4 octobre 2011

Proposée dans le cadre du Master de recherche : Aires Anglophones TIES/IMAGER
Sous la direction de
William DOW

Colloque - Conférence
Colloque - Conférence

le 18 novembre 2011

Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
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New Journalism of the American 1960s as a Counter-Cultural Narrative

As John J. Pauly has recently remarked, “The New Journalism of the 1960s spoke to a social movement that aimed to transform not just the styles of nonfiction writing, but the very institutions through which society produced and consumed stories about itself.” The New Journalists—including John Hersey, Lillian Ross, Truman Capote, Michael Herr, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter Thompson, Jimmy Breslin, and such “anti journalists” as Albert Murray—stressed their first-hand accounts of social revolution and history. In so doing, they hoped to come as close as possible to approximating the experiences found in reading fiction while at the same time emphasizing how literary style could signify social contention.  Their narratives uniquely translated their experiences to their readers, inviting them to inhabit the life on the page as if it were a version of their own. The purpose of this seminar will be to examine New Journalism as a counter-cultural force and narrative, how it affirmed itself as a generational identity, its fascination with and distinctive political contribution to the 1960s, its styles of social action, and the emphasis the New Journalists placed on the truth of writing as a form of social negotiation.
Contact :
Guillaume Lacheray : guillaume.lacheray@u-pec.fr