Personal frameworks and subjective truth : New Journalism and the 1972 U.S. presidential election : a thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

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  • Author(s): Nelson, Ashlee Amanda
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    • Personal Name:
      Crouse, Timothy . ; Mailer, Norman . ; Thompson, Hunter S. . ; Steinem, Gloria . ; Crouse, Timothy. . ; Mailer, Norman. . ; Steinem, Gloria. . ; Thompson, Hunter S. .
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      Victoria University of Wellington. School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies.
      Victoria University of Wellington, degree granting institution.
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      PS366.R44 N457 2017
    • Abstract:
      This thesis examines the reportage of the New Journalists who covered the United States 1972 presidential campaign. Nineteen seventy-two was a key year in the development of New Journalism, marking a peak in output from successful writers, as well as in the critical attention paid to debates about the mode. Nineteen seventy-two was also an important year in the development of campaign journalism, a system which only occurred every four years and had not changed significantly since the time of Theodore Roosevelt. The system was not equipped to deal with the socio-political chaos of the time, or the attempts by Richard Nixon at manipulating how the campaign was covered. New Journalism was a mode founded in part on the idea that old methods of journalism needed to change to meet the needs of contemporary society, and in their coverage of the 1972 campaign the New Journalists were able to apply their arguments for change to their campaign reportage. Thus the convergence of the campaign reportage cycle with the peak of New Journalism's development represents a key moment in the development of both New Journalism and campaign journalism. I use the campaign reportage of Timothy Crouse in The Boys on the Bus, Norman Mailer in St. George and the Godfather, Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, and Gloria Steinem in "Coming of Age with McGovern" as case studies for the role of New Journalism at this moment in literary journalism history. As writers who rejected the mainstream press's requirement for objectivity, the New Journalists occupied a unique role in the campaign coverage by offering different agendas and more personal frameworks than the mainstream media. I examine the framework of each of these writers' reportage, and how their secondary agendas shaped their consciously personal narratives of the campaign. These secondary agendas and personal narratives give the New Journalists' reportage a lasting meaning and cultural significance beyon
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