Daily Archives: October 13, 2012

Review (HUM470)

We’ve covered 3 primary texts so far this semester in addition to a collection of critical literature on the genre of autobiography. The Smith and Watson readings are probably the most immediately useful in providing us with a taxonomy of Life Narrative (Life Writing, Autobiography, Biography, Memoir, etc.) and a history of the development of that form. We’ve discussed the ideological projects of various forms of autobiographical writing including Franklin’s didactic self-account (which he never referred to as an autobiography); Harriet Jacob’s slave narrative, written in the interests of moral suasion; and (depending on which you read) Kerouac’s poetic travel essays or his roman a clef, The Subterraneans. One key to success for this midterm is accruing a sense of the constituent elements of Life Narrative.

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