Autobiography

Winter
Winter 2021
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Junior-Senior
Junior–Senior
Class Size: 25
8
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Steve Blakeslee
English, writing, literature

“All sorrows can be borne,” writes Isak Dinesen, “if you put them in a story, or tell a story about them.” This program will approach autobiography (literally, ‘self-life-writing’) as a powerful way to make sense of human experience, particularly in times, places, and social, political, and personal settings that differ from our own. In seminars, students will delve into the intricate issues of memory, authority, persona, and truth that present themselves to every writer of self-narrative. In “writing marathons,” they will learn to write freely and fearlessly about their experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Our texts will range from classics in the genre, like Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes , to works of autobiographical fiction by Joyce and Plath, to innovative graphic novels like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Craig Thompson’s Blankets. Students will develop and articulate their new understandings by means of response papers, reflective journals, bibliographic summaries, and related activities. Finally, students will write substantial memoir-essays of their own, developing their topics and drafts in a supportive group environment.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

Humanities, education, literature, writing.

8

Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Prerequisites:

This program assumes a facility with standard written English and the ability to read material that is both intellectually and emotionally challenging.

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Junior-Senior
Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 25
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia