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Technologies of the Self

ENGL 250
Spring 2022 not offered
Crosslisting: 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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)

Last Updated on JUN-17-2024
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