WOMENSTD 313 - Special Topics in Gender and the Humanities
Section: 005 American Autobiography and the Challenges of Writing the Self
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
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:

WOMENSTD 313 - Special Topics in Gender and the Humanities
Schedule Listing
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30573
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3WS MAJ + G&H MAJ & MIN
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W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
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31257
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0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
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31472
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5
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (SEM)
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32034
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3
 
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M 10:00AM - 11:30AM
W 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (SEM)
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33794
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
010 (LEC)
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31256
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14
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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32189
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14
 
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Th 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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