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Autobiographical Writing

ENGL 238.401

All readings and lectures in English
Cross listed with GRMN 235

How does one write about oneself? Who is the “author” writing? What does one write about? And is it fiction or truth?

Our seminar on autobiographical writing will pursue these questions, researching confessions, autobiographies, memoirs, and other forms of life-writing both in their historical development and theoretical articulations. Examples will include selections from St. Augustine’s confessiones, Rousseau’s Confessions, Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, as well as many examples from contemporary English, German, French, and American literature. All reading and lectures in English.

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