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HONR 4933 Autobiographical Novel/Memoir (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar will focus upon the genre of autobiography, its origins and evolution and the resulting variations that have emerged from the traditional concept, as established with Augustine's Confessions. Moving from the fundamentals of the genre, as defined in Gusdorf's essay on the pact between author and reader, our pattern will be a comparative study of texts such as Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Svevo's The Conscience of Zeno, Goethe's Sorrows of Young Werther and Akhmatova's Requiem as well as more contemporary texts including Dubus and Munro. In addition to careful analysis of selected texts, we will explore Olney's essays on autobiography.


Instructor(s): Susan Michalczyk

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 22-Jun-15