This course examines the genre of autobiography as it has evolved over time. Students consider how autobiographies written at specific points in history relate to the social, political, and aesthetic trends of the period; how the ?non-fictional? genre of autobiography may be distinguished from fictional forms such as the Bildungsroman ; and what characterizes major subgenres such as spiritual autobiography, slave narrative, autoethnography, and memoir. Themes and texts vary by instructor; please see department website for current information.
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 and one course from ENGL 221-239 strongly recommended.