Revelation, Memory, Testimony
No classes scheduled at the Graduate Center
Woolf, Moments of Being (1972)
Paul de Man, “Autobiography as De-Facement.” MLN 94. 5 (1979): 919-930 [On reserve].
Smith and Watson, “Life Narrative: Definitions and Distinctions;” “Autobiographical Subjects;” and “Autobiographical Acts” from Reading Autobiography (2nd edition): 1-102. [Electronic Resource available through the GC Library].
Linda Anderson, “Introduction” and “Historians of the Self” from Autobiography (London and New York: Routledge, 2001) [Electronic Resource available through the GC Library].
Strachey, Eminent Victorians (1918) [On Reserve]
Excerpts from Cardinal Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865) (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864. [On Reserve]
Laura Marcus, “Bringing the Corpse to Life: Woolf, Strachey and the Discourse of the ‘New Biography.'” Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994): 56-90. [On Reserve].
Excerpts from Nigel Hamilton, Biography: A Brief History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2007): 1-167 [On Reserve].
Malcolm X, Autobiography (1965)
Paul John Eakin, “Registers of Self,” from How Our Lives Become Stories: Making Selves. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1999: 1-42.
Smith and Watson, “A History of Autobiography Criticism, Part I: Theorizing Autobiography” and “A History of Autobiography Criticism, Part II: Expanding Autobiography Studies” from Reading Autobiography (2nd edition): 193-212. [Electronic Resource available through the GC Library].
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011)
Relational Auto/biography & Experiments in Form
Wollstonecraft, Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark (1796)
Godwin, Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of Woman (1798)
Paul John Eakin, “Relational Selves, Relational Lives: Autobiography and the Myth of Autonomy,” from How Our Lives Become Stories: Making Selves. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1999: 43-99.
Post Secret website and books: http://postsecret.blogspot.com/
Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)
Smith and Watson, “A Tool Kit: Twenty-four Strategies for Reading Life Narratives,” and “Sixty Genres of Life Narrative,” 235-286 [Electronic Resource available through the GC library].
Cha, Dictee (1982)
Doty, Heaven’s Coast (1996)
Thanksgiving; class cancelled
Life Writing and the Novel
Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)
Optional Additional Reading:
Ted Hughes: ‘The Rabbit Catcher’ & ‘The Shot,’ from Birthday Letters (1998) [On reserve]
Sylvia Plath: ‘The Rabbit Catcher,’ ‘Daddy’ & ‘Lady Lazarus,’ from Collected Poems (1981) [On reserve]
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (on reserve)
Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (2007)
Wrap-up/ Paper workshop