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Teaching life writing texts

Author: Miriam Fuchs; Craig Howes; Modern Language Association of America,
Publisher: New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2008.
Series: Options for teaching, 21.
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"The past thirty years have witnessed a rapid growth in the number and variety of courses and programs that study life writing from literary, philosophical, psychological, and cultural perspectives. The field has evolved from the traditional approach that biographies and autobiographies were always about prominent people--historically significant persons, the nobility, celebrities, writers--to the conception of life  Read more...
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Teaching life writing texts.
New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2008
(OCoLC)608485483
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Miriam Fuchs; Craig Howes; Modern Language Association of America,
ISBN: 9780873528191 0873528190 9780873528207 0873528204
OCLC Number: 137325284
Description: xi, 400 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes --
Part I: Generic Approaches. Literary Studies. Introduction to World Narrative / Roger J. Porter --
Slipping Away, Sliding Around: Teaching Autobiography as--and Not as--History and Genre / Thomas R. Smith --
Life Writing and Biographical Fiction: Contemporary Teaching and Learning Strategies / David Houston Jones --
Diaries and Diarists / Suzanne L. Bunkers --
Teaching Travel Writing as Life Writing / Gary Totten --
Teaching "The Lives of the Victorians": A Historical Approach to Changing Conventions of Life Narrative --
Alison Booth --
Modernist American Literature and Life Writing / David Caplan --
The Subject of Drugs / Martin A. Danahay --
Sports Autobiographies and American Culture --
James W. Pipkin --
Writing the Self / John Mepham and Sarah Sceats --
The Generic Instability of Contemporary Life Writing in Canada / Gabriele Helms A + B `"B + A: Teaching Autobiographies and Biographies in Pairs --
Timothy Dow Adams --
Biography, Oral History, Autobiography: A Graduate Course / Craig Howes --
Interdisciplinary Approaches. A Text of Their Own: Life Writing as an Introduction to Undergraduate English Studies --
Cynthia Huff --
Teaching Rachel Calof 's Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains / Kristine Peleg --
Reading, Writing, Performing Life Writing: Multiple Constructions of Self / Katrina M. Powell --
"In My Life": Growing Up with the Beatles from Liverpool to Abbey Road / Kenneth Womack --
The Whole Picture: Using Nonliterary Forms of Artistic Production to Teach Life Writing --
Thomas J.D. Armbrecht --
Life Writings as New Cultural Contexts for the Meanings of Art and Artist / Julie F. Codell --
Emblematic Sculptures: The Artwork of Felix Gonzalez-Torres in the Life Writing Classroom / Frances Freeman Paden --
A Graduate Seminar in Life Writing: Posing and Composing Lives / Miriam Fuchs --
Additional Resources for Teaching Life Writing Texts: Generic Approaches --
Part II: Cultural Approaches. Times and Places. The Many Voices of Creation: Early American and Canadian Life Writing / Michael W. Young --
Experiencing Collaborative Autobiography / Kathleen Boardman --
Teaching Contemporary Australian Autobiography / Richard Freadman --
Located Subjects / Gillian Whitlock and Kate Douglas --
Life Writing in the New South Africa / Judith Lütge Coullie --
An Undergraduate and Graduate Colloquium in Social History and Biography in the Modern Middle East and North Africa / Julia Clancy-Smith --
Teaching Multicultural Life-History Writing Texts through Technology's Third Space: Reflections on a University of Washington-University of Asmara Collaboration --
Sandra Chait and Ghirmai Negash --
Ethnographic and Autoethnographic Approaches. No Indian Is an Island: On the Ethics of Teaching Indigenous Life Writing Texts / Daniel Heath Justice --
Women, Race, Reading, and Feeling: Postmemory in Undergraduate Studies of Slave Narratives / Joycelyn K. Moody --
Olaudah Equiano and the Concept of Culture / Sarah Brophy --
Eastern European Oral Narratives of the Walled-Up Wife and Their Retelling in Recent Life Writing Texts / Iulia-Karin Patrut --
Discerning Diversity in American Lives / Joanne Karpinski --
Reading and Writing Ethnography / Jeraldine R. Kraver --
Close Encounters: (Re)Teaching Ethnic Autobiography as Autoethnography / Gail Y. Okawa --
Teaching Testimonio: A New, Ex-Centric Design Emerges / Arturo Arias --
Gendered and Sexual Orientation Approaches. Anxiety of Choice: Teaching Contemporary Women's Autobiography / Susannah B. Mintz --
Teaching Jo Spence's Putting Myself in the Picture: Pedagogy and Life Writing in and outside the University / Margaretta Jolly --
Teaching Queer Lives / Georgia Johnston --
Cultures of Life Writing / Trev Lynn Broughton --
Illness and Disability Approaches. Quality-of-Life Writing: Illness, Disability, and Representation / G. Thomas Couser --
Teaching Women's Depression Memoirs: Healing, Testimony, and Critique / Hilary Clark --
What Do We Teach When We Teach Trauma? / Leigh Gilmore --
Additional Resources for Teaching Life Writing: Cultural Approaches --
Life Writing Resources for Teachers / Miriam Fuchs, Craig Howes, and Stanley Schab.
Series Title: Options for teaching, 21.
Responsibility: edited by Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes.
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"The past thirty years have witnessed a rapid growth in the number and variety of courses and programs that study life writing from literary, philosophical, psychological, and cultural perspectives. The field has evolved from the traditional approach that biographies and autobiographies were always about prominent people--historically significant persons, the nobility, celebrities, writers--to the conception of life writing as a genre of interrogation and revelation. The texts now studied include memoirs, testimonios, diaries, oral histories, genealogies, and group biographies and extend to resources in the visual and plastic arts, in films and videos, and on the Internet. Today the tensions between canonical and emergent life writing texts, between the famous and the formerly unrepresented, are making the study of biography and autobiography a far more nuanced and multifarious activity. This volume in the MLA series Options for Teaching builds on and complements earlier work on pedagogical issues in life writing studies. Over forty contributors from a broad range of educational institutions describe courses for every level of postsecondary instruction. Some writers draw heavily on literary and cultural theory; others share their assignments and weekly syllabi. Many essays grapple with texts that represent disability, illness, abuse, and depression; ethnic, sexual and racial discrimination; crises and catastrophes; witnessing and testimonials; human rights violations; and genocide. The classes described are taught in humanities, cultural studies, social science, and language departments and are located in, among other countries, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany, Eritrea, and South Africa."--Publisher's description

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