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African American Autobiography
AFAM 312
Fall 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 307

This course will examine the genre of African American autobiography, from slave narratives to contemporary memoirs. What makes this genre distinctive, and how do its individual narratives (that is, the narratives of individual African Americans) relate to--or create--a larger literary tradition? How do writers retrospectively confront the knotty issues of family, identity, geography, and memory (or "re-memory," to borrow a phrase from Toni Morrison)? We will consider a range of first-person narratives and their representations of race, of space, of migration, and of violence, as well as the historical circumstances that inform these representations.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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