Political Journalism: Past & Present
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2650
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Literature
From the Colonial era to the present, the most forceful political writers have also been prose masters who have struck a balance between argument and literary technique in their attempt to clarify the contradictions and tensions of American democracy. This course will examine how the best writers have done through close readings and discussion of selected works, past and present--including classics of political argument (the Federalist Papers, speeches by Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama), opinion columns (from Walter Lippmann and H. L Mencken to David Brooks and Frank Rich), analytical essays and commentary (Richard Hofstadter, Edmund Wilson, Garry Wills), and narratives (James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, David Remnick, Marjorie Williams).
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.


Open to Undergraduate students.