2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Autobiography

NEW! Last Updated: 12/12/2008

Winter quarter

Faculty: Steve Blakeslee writing, literature

Major areas of study include writing, autobiography and 20th-century literature.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. First class will meet in Sem 2 E3109.

“Could a greater miracle take place,” writes Henry David Thoreau, “than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” This program will approach autobiography (literally, “self-life-writing”) as a powerful way to make sense of human experience, particularly in times, places, and social and political settings that differ from our own. In seminars, students will delve into the rich and intricate issues of memory, authority, persona, and truth that face every self-portraying writer. In “writing marathons,” students will learn to write freely and fearlessly about their memories, thoughts, and emotions. Finally, students will develop substantial memoir-essays of their own.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 24

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in writing and literature.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Culture, Text and Language, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 12th, 2008 Winter class location added.