RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 002 Memoir: Writing from Within
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Almost every month, a new tell-all memoir hits the racks: a woman looks back on how she survived her rotten mother; a man remembers the abuse he suffered at the hands of a foster family. Such books have their place, but memoir can embrace a much broader palette of experiences—positive and negative—and can take readers beyond the purely personal to a greater understanding of a place, a time, an event, and themselves. For the writer, creating a memoir should be a way not only to relate and confront personal stories, but also to illuminate a part of the world.

In this writing- and reading-intensive course, we will read essays and memoirs by such acclaimed writers as Alison Bechdel, Tobias Wolff, Ann Patchett, and James Baldwin. We’ll discuss the importance of “truth” in capturing a life, and study how some of the best writers tackle hard topics without self-pity and often with a good deal of humor. Weekly writings will give you a chance to improve with the support of peer and teacher feedback.

This course is open to all UM upperclassmen who meet the prerequisite. For more information, contact the instructor, Susan Rosegrant (rosegran@umich.edu).

Course Requirements:

Students will read three memoirs and a selection of essays. They will write every week, learning how to incorporate memories, research, and observation into compelling anecdotes and stories. Students will critique each other’s work in class; rewriting will be the norm. By the end of the semester, they will produce one shorter memoir and two 7- to 15-page memoirs.

Intended Audience:

This course is open to all U-M upperclassmen who meet the prerequisite.

This course is open to seniors and juniors. Admission into the course requires a prerequisite of at least one RC or LSA creative writing course, or permission of instructor.

Class Format:

Seminar

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
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25523
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W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (SEM)
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21260
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5RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
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27838
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20
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
007 (SEM)
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19885
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14
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Th 7:00PM - 10:00PM
009 (SEM)
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25892
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10
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
010 (SEM)
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26257
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80
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
011 (SEM)
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28380
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10
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
013 (SEM)
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28939
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10
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 0618982507
Are you my mother? : a comic drama, Author: Bechdel, Alison, 1960-, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012
Required
ISBN: 9780802136688
This boy's life : a memoir, Author: Tobias Wolff., Publisher: Grove Press 1st Grove 2000
Required
ISBN: 9780060572143
Truth & beauty : a friendship, Author: Patchett, Ann., Publisher: HarperCollins 2004
Required
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