John Hollowell

Senior Lecturer Emeritus, English
School of Humanities
Director of Composition

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Phone: (949) 824-6712
Fax: (949) 824-2916

University of California, Irvine
369 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
New Journalism; Nonfiction Novel; Composition and Rhetoric; English Education; American Literature
Academic Distinctions
School of Humanities Outstanding Professor, 2000
Research Abstract
John Hollowell's first book Fact & Fiction: the New Journalism and the Nonfiction Novel is a pioneering study of the work of Capote, Mailer, and Wolfe in the context of the journalistic experiments of the 1960s and 70s that blurred the line between traditional journalism and the novel. A second book, Inventing and Playing Games in the English Classroom, investigates gaming-simulation approaches to teaching English in the secondary schools and first-year composition classrooms. Hollowell continues to be interested in the nonfiction novel and is pursuing a book-length study of Capote's In Cold Blood. He is also working on a long-range project examining the relationship between death, memory, and writing with reference to novels by Conrad, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Warren, and Joan Didion. Much of Hollowell's current time is concerned with curricular development and supervision of the lower-division Composition Program, an enterprise that offers more than 300 sections annually to UCI undergraduates. The long-range growth of the campus poses some fascinating opportunities and challenges for Composition as we collectively explore the role of literacy, computer literacy, and education in the twenty-first century.
Fact and Fiction: The New Journalism and the Nonfiction Novel. U of North Carolina P, 1977

with Kenneth Davis. Inventing and Playing Games in the English Classroom: A Handbook for Teachers. National Council of Teachers of English, 1977

et al. A Student Guide to Writing at UCI. Burgess International Group, 1994
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