Webs of intimacy and influence: unraveling writing culture at Harper's magazine during the Willie Morris years (1967-1971)

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Webs of intimacy and influence: unraveling writing culture at Harper's magazine during the Willie Morris years (1967-1971)

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dc.contributor.advisor Hudson, Fraser Berkley en_US
dc.contributor.author Townsend, Rebecca Marie, 1974- en_US
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-09T17:56:44Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-09T17:56:44Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009 Fall en_US
dc.identifier.other TownsendR-091409-T693 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5356
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on January 19, 2010). en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Berkley Hudson. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism. en_US
dc.description.abstract Through an exploration of what a collective of writers have written and said about the experience of working together at Harper's Magazine from 1967-1971, this research aims to give shape to the concept of writing culture. Influenced in part by anthropologist Clifford Geertz's assertion that man is suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, this study defines writing culture as a web of intimacy and influence. This work proceeds from a reading of the Harper's issues edited by Willie Morris and of the books and articles written by him and the writers with whom he most closely worked, in addition to more than 12 hours of research interviews with writers John Corry, Midge Decter, Larry L. King, Robert Kotlowitz, Lewis H. Lapham and restaurateur Elaine Kaufman. By reviewing what these materials reveal about the writing experience, this work suggests that characteristics particular to that venue and era emerge. This work positions Harper's within the emerging New Journalism movement and posits that, at its heart, the writing culture that evolved under Morris's leadership was driven at first by a love of language, which then developed into a commitment to audacious prose that embraced the defiant ideas and spirit of the day. An analysis of Harper's in a cultural studies framework neither supports nor challenges quantitative effects models; instead it aims to identify a cultural history through the words and actions of the various actors toward the journalism they created. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2009 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Morris, Willie en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Harper's magazine en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nonfiction novel en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reportage literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism en_US
dc.title Webs of intimacy and influence: unraveling writing culture at Harper's magazine during the Willie Morris years (1967-1971) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Journalism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 500897849 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2009 Theses


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