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R1B.18:Life WritingSpring 2016Instructor:Mark BauerEmail:[email protected]Office Hours:2:30-3:30 Tuesday and Thursday, and by appointment, 331 WheelerMailbox:330 Wheeler (the graduate and faculty lounge)Course DescriptionLife writing seems self-explanatory as writing that is about one’s life, but what doesthat mean, exactly? How does a life become literature, and why should literature,the province of the imagination, be made to present a real life?This courseexamines the rewards and difficulties that follow from life writing’s proposition toconnect the biographical self of the author with the self of the text.We will beginwith a brief examination of autobiography as a genre before turning our attention toliterary works in genres that are not necessarily autobiographical, but which authorshave adapted to tell the story of an autobiographical self.Among other questions,we will be asking how each work creates its identification between the author’s ‘I’and the text’s ‘I,’ as well as what the work gains, loses, or calls into questionthrough that identification.In addition to the readings, the course will also sharpenstudents’ written argumentative and research skills.You will write and reviseseveral essays, culminating in an eight- to ten-page research paper.TextsElizabeth Bishop, Selected Prose and Poetry*Benjamin Franklin,The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin*Florence Hardy,The Early Life of Thomas Hardy*James Wheldon Johnson,The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man(Norton, ISBN-13:978-0-393-97286-3).You need this specific edition because of its extramaterials.Robert Lowell,Life Studies(FSG Classics, ISBN-13: 978-0374530969)MLA Handbook (7thed.)Marjane Satrapi,The Complete Persepolis(Pantheon, ISBN-13: 978-0375714832)Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson,Reading Autobiography:A Guide for InterpretingLife Narratives*Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”*William Wordsworth,The Prelude(Norton, ISBN-13: 978-0-393-09071-0)*Texts followed by an asterisk are available electronically through the libraryor will be on the class bCourses site.Recommended Reading:Diana Hacker,A Writer’s Reference(sixth ed.)PapersThis is, above all, a writing class.You’re going to be turning in three papersover the course of the semester, as well as working drafts of two of those papers.Unlike other classes you may have had, each paper will be understood as a work in
process, and so the act of drafting and revising will be considered as part of thecourse grade.With the exception of the first paper, you’ll be exchanging drafts ofyour papers with a classmate for advice on how to improve them before turningthem in for a final grade.These exchanges will occur two classes before the papers’actual due dates, so don’t leave assignments until the last minute.To receive fullcredit for your workshop draft, you must turn in a draft of at least the minimumpage length (e. g., three pages of a three- to five-page paper).Outlines will receiveno more than half credit.Except where noted, all writing for this class must

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