21W.743 Voice and Meaning: Speaking to Readers through Memoir


Class Info

Explores the memoir genre with particular attention to the relationships between form and content, fact and truth, self and community, art and "healing," coming to voice and breaking silence. Readings include works by Nick Flynn, Meena Alexander, Art Spigelman, James McBride, Ruth Ozeki, and Cheryl Strayed, with a focus on the ways in which these writers make meaning out of specific events or moments in their own lives as a way of engaging with larger questions of family, race, history, loss, and survivorship. Drawing on lessons taken from these works, students write a short memoir of their own. Limited to 18.

This class has no prerequisites.

21W.743 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by K. Ragusa.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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