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 travel, migration, slavery, and war. 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: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Texts include writings by Louis Armstrong, Judith Butler, Joan Didion, Jamaica Kincaid, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Philip Roth, Gertrude Stein
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 shorter to longer papers, midterm
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
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.
|Instructor(s): Nguyen,Marguerite Times: .M.W.F. 09:50AM-10:40AM; Location: BOGH114; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 7||FR: 5|
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