Most readings have corresponding written assignments. Readings are discussed in class, seminar style.
|1||Introduction to the Course: Why Write Autobiographically?||No readings|
|2||Beginning to Tell Our Stories||Student Readings: First Assignments|
|3||Crafting the Self: Experience and the Shaping Of Identity; Writer and Audience|| |
Walker, Alice. "Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self." In Uncommon Knowledge: Exploring Ideas Through Reading and Writing. Edited by Rose Hawkins and Robert Isaacson. Wadsworth Publishing, 1995. ISBN: 9780395709580.
Rauch, Jonathan. "Caring for Your Introvert." The Atlantic, March 2003.
Shepherd, Susan. "Daughters Without Borders." Angles, 2008.
|4||Crafting the Self: Experience and the Shaping Of Identity|| |
Orwell, George. "Shooting an Elephant." Charles' George Orwell Links.
Orwell, George. Excerpt from Nineteen Eighty-Four. Penguin Random House.
Hamilos, Alison. "The Starting Line." Angles, 2010.
Nwosu, Kelechi. "Zero Beach." Angles, 2010.
|5||Family Relationships, Language, Legitimacy and the Writer's Craft||Tan, Amy. "Mother Tongue." (PDF - 1.9MB) 1990.|
|6||Workshop: Essay 1||No readings|
|7||The Self and the Community|| |
Edelman, Marian Wright. "A Family Legacy." In The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children & Yours. HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. ISBN: 9780060975708.
Marin, Peter. "Helping and Hating the Homeless: The Struggle at the Margins of America." Harper's Magazine, January 1987.
|8||Work and Education|| |
Douglass, Frederick. "Learning to Read and Write." Excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. ISBN: 9781497573567.
Nelson, Anita. "Fast Food, Living Fast." Angles, 2010.
|9||Work: Creativity and Integrity|| |
Atwood, Margaret. "A Path Taken, With All the Certainty of Youth." New York Times, March 11, 2002.
Witherspoon, Abigail. "This Pen for Hire." (PDF) Harper's, June 1995.
|10 and 11||Self-Writing / Speaking: Captivity and Advocacy|| |
Frank, Anne. "At Home, In School, In Hiding." In Fields of Reading: Motives for Writing. 7th ed. Edited by Nancy R. Comley, David Hamilton, et al. Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780312412579.
Truth, Sojourner Truth. "Ain't I A Woman?" December 1851. Fordham University.
King, Jr., Martin Luther. "Letter From Birmingham Jail." April 16, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University.
|12||Workshop I (Large Group): Essay 2||No readings|
|13||Workshop II (Small Groups): Essay 2||No readings|
How to Tell a Story of War or Struggle: Writing About Groups
O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Mariner Books, 2009. ISBN: 9780618706419.
Martinez, Demetria. "Inherit the Earth." In Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana. University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780806137063.
———. "The Things They Carried." In Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana. University of Oklahoma Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780806137063.
|15||How to Tell a Survival Story|| |
Eggers, Dave. Excerpt from A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Vintage, 2001. ISBN: 9780375725784.
|16||Oral Presentations||No readings|
|17||Writing About Illness (1)||No readings|
Writing About Illness (2)
Ehrenreich, Barbara. "Welcome to Cancerland." (PDF) Harper's, November 2001, 43-53.
Engelberg, Miriam. Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person. Harper Perennial, 2006. ISBN: 9780060789732.
|19||Writing about Mental Illness (1)||Kaysen, Susanna. Excerpt from Girl, Interrupted. Vintage, 1994. ISBN: 9780679746041.|
|20||Workshop: Essay 3||No readings|
Writing about Mental Illness (2)
|Thompson, Tracy. "Seeking the Wizards of Prozac." Saturday Evening Post 266, no. 2 (1994): 50-95.|
|22||Writing About Mental Illness: Autobiographically Inspired Fiction / Beyond the Known: Autobiographical Travel Writing||Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper." New England Magazine, 1892.|
|23||Workshop: Essay 3||No readings|
|24||Beyond the Known: Autobiographical Travel Writing (cont.) / The Challenge of Closure in Autobiography||No readings|
|25||Online Course Evaluations||No readings|
|26||Course Overview / Celebration||No readings|