LibrlSt 721: Special Topics in Liberal Studies
Autobiographies and History
After an initial orientation, participants will choose, in consultation with the instructor, a book-length autobiography to be read and compared with other evidence relating to the life of the author. Topics to be considered include the geographic setting of the author's childhood, sociological and anthropological approaches to family life in that region and segment of society, the educational system there, the author's orientation in the politics of the day, and reviews and responses to the autobiography after publication. Several short preliminary presentations will serve as constituent parts of a longer general essay evaluating the autobiography, due at the end of the semester.
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