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Guinea-Pig Journalism

ENGL 3402.301
Tuesday 5:15-8:15pm

"Guinea-pig journalism" is a term sometimes used to describe nonfiction in which the author seeks out new experiences and writes about them in the first person. The genre can include everything from travel writing, to undercover investigative reporting, to hilarious narratives of unusual self-experiments. Students will be expected to dream up their own adventures to write about, and we’ll critique student work in class each week as a group. Readings will include newspaper articles by the fearless nineteenth-century female reporters who invented the genre as well as essays by James Baldwin, Barbara Ehrenreich, and David Foster Wallace, among others. Questions? Contact me at

English Major Requirements
English Concentration Attributes
  • Creative Writing Workshop Course Minor (AECW)
  • Journalistic Writing Minor (AEJW)
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