Technologies of the Self|
Spring 2022 not offered
AFAM 237, AMST 223|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate|
Where does the idea of an authentic self come from? The desire to represent the authentic self informs the narrative genres of the confession and memoir and visual ones of the selfie and self-portrait alike. Yet both the memoir and the selfie "self" are mediated, first, via the technologies of print and screen, and second, via the conventions of particular genres that make these legible as a memoir and selfie, as opposed to, for example, an interview or a portrait. In this course, we will examine how different technologies not only represent but produce the self. These technologies include "writing" technologies: print and digital; genre and medium (autobiography, the slave narrative, memoir, self-portraits, and selfies); and technologies of the state, which produce citizens, subjects, and humans.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Alison Bechdel, FUN HOME
Dionne Brand, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF READING
Frederick Douglass, NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Benjamin Franklin, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (selections)
Harriet Jacobs, INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
Saidiya Hartman, SCENES OF SUBJECTION (selections)
Kazuo Ishiguro, NEVER LET ME GO
Adrienne Kennedy, FUNNYHOUSE OF A NEGRO
Samuel Richardson, PAMELA (excerpts)
Jordy Rosenberg, CONFESSIONS OF A FOX
|Examinations and Assignments: |
"Weekly 200-word Blog; 1 short critical paper, 2 hybrid critical-creative assignments, revision assignment.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class of '22: This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference, Literary History II, and Theory requirements and contributes to the Race & Ethnicity and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
Class of '23 and beyond: This course fulfills the Literary History 2 and World Literature requirements of the English major.
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