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ENGL 4583 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Memoir & Autobiography (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

WRITING ABOUT THE PAST

Patricia Hampl's definition of memoir as "the intersection of narration and reflection, of story-telling and essay-writing" will serve as the stylistic foundation for this course, which focuses on using personal history to unlock events in general history. We will progress from writing about family background (memoir), to writing about an historical figure or someone connected to an historic event (biography), to writing about an era through exploring a particular historic moment (social history). Along the way, we will entertain practical questions involved in writing about the past as well as moral and philosophical ones.


Instructor(s): Suzanne Berne

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13