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ENGL 5534 Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Writing About Family (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Patricia Hampl's definition of memoir as "the intersection of narration and reflection" will serve as the stylistic foundation for this course on writing about family history. We will explore different practical approaches and structural techniques as we also consider moral and philosophical questions. When is it permissible to invent facts in a memoir or history? Can we ever hope to render real people fairly? How can we avoid judging past events by present standards? Our reading list will include such authors as Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin's, Maxine Hong Kingston, Vladimir Nabokov, and Mary Karr.


Instructor(s): Suzanne Berne

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13