Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. David Anshen

Second Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Mitchell

Third Advisor

Dr. Gregory Selber


Literary Journalism is a hybrid genre that combines literary devices with advanced journalistic techniques to create nonfiction narratives. The distinctive qualities of literary journalism, working in addition to so-called objective approaches of conventional journalism, provide the reader with an alternative observation of specific social phenomena. In the introduction, issues revolving around the genre will be discussed followed by the introduction of the objective/subjective dialectic thus formulating my thesis that insists combining the two approaches allows the reader to see truth beyond ideology. The three chapters that follow offer readings of three key and representative works of literary journalism. The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer discusses the author’s experience at a 1967 Vietnam War protest, American Ground by William Langewiesche provides a fresh look at an American tragedy, and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer questions the ambitions of mankind in the classic enigmatic battle versus nature.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Communication Commons