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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 387 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Writing about Family

Rebecca E. Rainof

Family is where we all begin. It is a world, a language, a home, a cast of characters. People write about family to escape it, return to it, remember it, make sense of it, memorialize it. Writing About Family will explore the different places and cultures writers come from, the ways we define and create our own sense of "family", how ideas about what constitutes family have changed over time, and how methods of representing family differ across genres. We will read a range of family writing, including essays, memoirs, and works of fiction.

Sample reading list:
Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Jenny Diski, In Gratitude
Amy Ellis Nutt, Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light: A Memoir
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle

Reading/Writing assignments:
2 short reflection pieces (1 page) 3 creative non-fiction essays (2-5 pages) 1 final paper, analytical or researched and reported essay (8-10 pages)

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
Travel to New York City several times over the semester

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43385 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:14 Limit:20