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Spring 2018-2019
* 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
Justin Torres, We the Animals
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light: A Memoir
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week; informal weekly writing submitted on Blackboard, a short creative non-fiction piece (3-5 pages), a longer researched creative non-fiction essay (6-8 pages), a literary analysis paper (6-8 pages)

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other information:
ENG Major Distribution Area: Modernity

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40468 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed