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|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Texts include writings by Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Gertrude Stein, Louis Armstrong, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jamaica Kincaid.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Attendance and active class participation; shorter papers; longer research paper; presentation.
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English Major Requirements: Literatures of Difference
English Concentrations: American Lit, Race & Ethnicity, Theory & Literary Forms
Honors: Research Option
|Instructor(s): Nguyen,Marguerite Bich Times: .M.W... 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: DWNY100; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 9||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 2||FR: 0|
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