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This semester we will study contemporary American memoirs and autobiographical writings of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Graded assignments will consist of two essays and a cumulative, in-class final exam focusd on your identification of figures of speecch and theoretcal concepts in examples from the texts we have read this semester. I also am planning visits by guest speakers who are descended from early African American memoirists and who have conducted research on their literary and cultural contributions: Regina E. Mason (William Grimes) is already confirmed as a speaker and I am working now on arrangements for Peggy Preaceley (William and Ellen Craft). Their presentations will be included in a series of literary and performative events planned around discussions of Claudia Rankine's book-length lyric poem Citiizen, which will culminate in a staged reading based on the book in March 2019.
This is the list of books I have ordered for the class. They will be available for your purchase at the university bookstore:
Ordinary Light: A Memoir. By Tracy K. Smith, New York: Vintage, 2016. Paperback. ISBN: 0345804074.
Citizen: An American Lyric. By Claudia Rankine. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2014. Paperback. ISBN: 1555976905.
Educated: A Memoir. By Tracy Westover. New York: Random House, 2018. Hardcover. ISBN: 0399590501.
The Latin Deli: Telling the Lives of Barrio Women. By Judith Ortiz Cofer New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1995. Paperback. ISBN: 9780393313130.
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir. By Thi Bui. Reprint 2017; New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2018. Paperback. ISBN: 1419718789.
Heavy: An American Memoir. By Kiese Laymon. New York: Scribner, 2018. Paperback. ISBN: 1501125656.