IDS385-001: Special Topics

Topic: Memory and Memoir

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:30pm - 3:45pm
New Psyc Bldg 225 (36 Eagle Ro
Blakeley, Cynthia
Highly focused courses, drawing on multiple disciplines of the humanities and social sciences; may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Memory creates the foundation for who we understand ourselves to be, while the stories we tell about ourselves not only shape who we are but also reshape the memories themselves. How do memoirs, acts of narrative- and self-construction, use memory in the creation and revision of lived meaning? How do writers navigate the lines between truth and fact? Addressing these and other questions, this course examines the choices memoirists make as they negotiate both memory and categories of identification such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, geography, and religion. While this course does not fulfill a writing requirement, it is writing intensive, combining regular one-page reading responses with short memoir essays, a seven-page paper on memory of an event, a seven-page academic paper, and four or five short quizzes. Readings will focus on modern memoirs from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, in addition to academic essays and studies on memory. Books include:

Tamin Ansary, West of Kabul, East of New York

Allison Bechdel, Fun Home

Christophe, Francine, From a World Apart: A Little Girl in the Concentration Camps

Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir

Leslie Morgan Steiner, Crazy Love

Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

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