COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Fall 2022, Section 007 - Writing the "I": Identity Politics in Anglophone Nonfiction
Instruction Mode: Section 007 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

This course explores strategies for deploying the personal “I” as a political position in writing about disability, sexuality, gender, and race. The reading assignments offer a historical survey of autobiographical nonfiction in the Anglophone world, covering a period from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, with a goal of showing students how autobiographical writing has evolved through time. We will read canonical works by Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, and Maya Angelou, as well as contemporary nonfiction by Saidiya Hartman, Paul Preciado and Kiese Laymon, among others.

We will discuss the formal and stylistic peculiarities of each autobiographical genre, while at the same time paying attention to moments of writerly transgressions and subversions of these boundaries. What is the difference between a journal and a memoir? Where does a nonfiction essay end and an academic article begin? Moving across a range of autobiographically inflected genres from journal to memoir, from essay to academic writing, students will learn how to draw on personal experiences to compose creative yet academically rigorous essays that contribute to broader political discussions.

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular participation in discussion sections, timely completion of reading and writing assignments, and active involvement in writing workshops.

Class assignments include: a series of short-form reading responses (1-2 pages each) and three nonfiction essays (5-6 pages each), each of which the students will workshop and revise accordingly.

Grading is labor based.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for students who are interested in practicing different forms of autobiographical writing, both academic and creative. Students who take an active interest in the politics of gender, race, and sexuality are encouraged to enroll.

Class Format:

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Schedule

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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WF 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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