AMCULT 311 - American Culture and the Humanities
Section: 005 Contemporary American Autobiogrpahy
Term: FA 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

"Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form." - John Berger

"A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become." - Fawn M. Brodie

In the words of a prominent cultural historian, after the social movements of the 1960s, U.S. culture — whose preeminent expressions generally endorsed nationalist ideologies of equal, democratic opportunity — can best be described as "decentered and fragmented." This course will explore one of the most telling literary manifestations of that fragmentation: modes of self-description that foreground a variety of experiences that did not represent the primary subject matter of canonical American autobiography. We will investigate how these experiences — of sexual trauma, of gendered and/or racial marginalization, of depression and its myriad physical and psychological consequences, of physical deformity, of the limitations of gendered, racial, and class constructions, etc. — reflect and/or complicate prevailing notions of (to cite some popular examples) a "postethnic" or "fragmented" national identity.

Course Requirements:

Weekly responses; a short paper (4-6 pages); a longer research essay (10 pages); and active class participation.

Intended Audience:

AMCULT 311 - American Culture and the Humanities
Schedule Listing
004 (LEC)
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31522
Open
18
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (LEC)
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31523
Open
5
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (LEC)
P
31543
Open
3
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (LEC)
P
31544
Open
2
 
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (LEC)
P
32490
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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