Spring 2015 not offered
This class will explore various forms of life writing--autobiographies, memoirs, graphic narratives, fictional autobiographies--to understand how authors make and unmake the American "I." We will focus on how autobiographical selves relate to various categories of region, nation, and transnation, as well as how they are shaped by histories and legacies of revolution, slavery, coolie labor, and migrant labor. Toward the end of the course, we will consider how new technologies of writing the self, from Twitter to Facebook, are transforming the landscape of life writing.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Texts include writings by Gertrude Stein, Louis Armstrong, Joan Didion, Jamaica Kincaid, and Philip Roth.
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Attendance and active class participation; presentation; shorter papers; longer paper/project.
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This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Theory requirements of the English Major and contributes to the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, and Theory and Literary Forms concentrations. It also fulfills the Research Option requirement for Honors thesis writers.
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