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ENGL 5544 Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Writing About Family (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Every family history holds a web of connections to general history, and understanding one's relationship to the past requires looking into some of those connections. In this course we will explore intersections between personal and general history through a variety of writing assignments and readings. Writing about a family heirloom, for instance, will examine how much history can be contained in an object; writing about a family photograph will consider context and time period as well as the people represented. Assigned readings will include essays by James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, and Alfred Kazin.


Instructor(s): Suzanne Berne

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13