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This class explores contemporary memoirs by writers from diverse social backgrounds.

Personal narratives are profoundly shaped by differences in race, class, gender, ethnicity and geography—as well as the broader historical context in which a singular life unfolds. How do authors translate lived experiences of family life, education, work, travel, immigration, illness and disability, religion, and sexuality into compelling literary works? Come share your thoughts and questions with other passionate readers in our monthly seminar.

Please read My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor, before the first class on Sep 30. Other books include Alysia Abbot, Fairyland; Nancy K. Miller, Breathless; Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure; and Lucette Lagnado, The Arrogant Years.

Class Meets: Tue, Sep 30, Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 16 and Jan 13.


Brief Bio

Lori Rotskoff, PhD, is a cultural historian. She is co-editor of When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference it Made and author of Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War Two America.

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