Memoir is rooted in autobiographical fact, but it is also art. It selects, arranges, and sometimes exaggerates , retouches, or mythologizes its materials in order to bring out a deeper truth, define an identity, establish a public image, or simply tell a better story. Writing about one's life is not only the next best thing to reliving it, as Benjamin Franklin said, it may also be an improvement on it in the story it creates and the aesthetic satisfaction it gives in bringing chaos to order. The course will explore the activity of writing the past both in memoirs themselves and in autobiographical fiction. Readings will likely include works by Mary McCarthy, John Updike, Alice Munro, William Maxwell, Virginia Woolf, Kay Redfield Jamison, Henry Louis Gates, and Roz Chast. Students will write and revise two autobiographical essays and one critical paper. Satisfies the Twentieth Century and later requirement.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMAS WI IFA HUMAR HUMEL TC
Section 01Memory and Narrative: The Literature of Memory
INSTRUCTOR: MilderView Course Listing