For Carolyn Kraus, a Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and co-founder of the Journalism and Screen Studies Discipline, Men At Work is a project that grows out of personal experience as well as academic interest. While raising her children in Detroitâ€™s inner city and freelancing for national publications that included The New York Times, Partisan Review, and The New Yorker, she wrote â€œDetroit Beat,â€ a column of feature-length essays that appeared in city magazines throughout the 1980s. Along with her academic research on journalism ethics and nonfiction genres, she has also published many essays on Detroit life and steadily featured Detroit contexts, in both her literary and scholarly work.
Within the past year, Kraus has published nine academic and literary essays, including â€œMetamorphosis in Detroitâ€ and â€œRunning in Place,â€ both nominated for the Pushcart Literary Prize, and â€œRecycling Detroit,â€ which appeared last year in the scholarly Journal of Ecocriticism. In recent years Kraus has published a number of other studies that inform the VOICES Oral History Project at UMD. These include â€œGargoylesâ€ (2003), which focused on a group of educated Detroit Marxist artist/tradesmen who had dropped out of graduate school and turned to barter-based carpentry, roofing or miscellaneous odd jobs; â€œEight Mile, Detroit: Life on the Lineâ€ (2004), which explored the many physical, geographical and figurative barriers that contribute to the cityâ€™s isolation from its suburbs; and â€œBigâ€ (2005), which investigated anomalies of the urban landscape.
Professor Kraus has also published extensively on narrative genres from literary journalism to feature film, most recently, â€œThe Journalist and the Exorcistâ€ (2009), an in-depth exploration of the ethical perils inherent in reporting on the margins, and â€œScreening the Borderlandâ€ (2009), which proposes a cinematic sub-genre.
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