Sep 24, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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RHET 340/3120 - Life Narratives (3 cr.)



Prerequisites
RHET 1020   or its equivalent

Description
This reading-intensive course will familiarize students with writing in the genres of ‘life writing’. Students learn to write critical reviews of classic and contemporary memoirs, confessions, letters, diaries, and visual portraits as well as autobiographies and biographies, through key themes of self, identity, secrets, truth, inheritance and ethics. The course will consider how critical examinations of new paradigms that consider the self are expressed through writing. The course invites discussion about the social and cultural uses of life writing, from legal testimony to medical case history, and the pervasive ethical dilemmas that arise. In addition, using a variety of texts, the course explores the tensions between local identities rooted in culture, history and language, and global, trans-national identities, driven by the pressures of the modern inter-connected world.



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