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This class explores contemporary memoirs of childhood and youth by writers from diverse social backgrounds.

How do authors translate lived experiences family life into compelling literary works? How do they chronicle the creation of complex identities shaped by race, class, gender, ethnicity, geography, sexuality, religion and disability? Analyzing both the achievements and the limitations of the memoir genre, we will discuss how authors map the emotional landscape of private life while addressing broader themes in American history, politics and culture.

Please read Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family by Yoshiko Uchida before our first class meeting on Feb 28.

Other assigned readings will include: Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming; Emily Rapp, Poster Child: J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy; and Daisy Hernandez, A Cup of Water Under My Bed.

Class meets on Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 16 and Jun 13.

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