The image of Chicago has been created through many genres and media: poetry, fiction, drama, film. But what all of these representations of the city have in common is a source, Chicago journalism. Beyond this, however, many Chicago journalists have themselves written work for Chicago newspapers which transcend the limitations of the deadline-driven prose daily papers require. In this seminar, we will read three of Chicago’s literary journalists– Finley Peter Dunne, Ben Hecht, and Mike Royko–to examine their contribution to Chicago literature.
Seminar led by Bill Savage, Northwestern University