Apr 20, 2019  
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog
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ENG 3310 - Autobiography & Theory

Credits: 4
How do our lives become stories? What role do such stories play in the formation of identity and of public memory, e.g., of slavery, the Holocaust, and war. This course explores those topics as well as sex, faith, trauma, crime, and illness. Special consideration is given to the effects of sexuality, gender, and race/ethnicity on the practice of telling life-stories. Attention is paid to the complex cultural narratives that shape identity and life-writing practices, as well as to the ways style, voice, and narrative structure allow writers to authenticate difficult or non-mainstream experiences. In addition to autobiography  and memoir, the course may examine related genres such as the essay, biography, and true crime. No instruction in creative writing, but students will come to understand how cultural narratives structure their own life stories.
McDaniel Plan: Textual Analysis and Multicultural



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