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This class explores contemporary memoirs that revolve around books — personal histories that recount chapters of a writer’s life through the lens of literature.
We will discuss four recent memoirs that revisit authors’ lived experiences as casual readers, avid students or passionate teachers whose intellectual development has been nourished by a range of literary fare. Alongside these writers we will explore questions: What makes a book meaningful or “life-changing” to a reader at a particular time and place? How do the books we read (or don’t read) shape our social identities — the people we become and the groups we belong to? How do books serve as bonds or barriers in relationships between parents and children, students and teachers, friends and siblings? How does reading — and talking about books — continue to matter over the course of our lives?
Please read Pamela Paul, “My Life with Bob,” before the first class on Sep 18. Additional readings include Michelle Kuo, “Reading with Patrick”; Daniel Mendelsohn, “An Odyssey”; and Tara Westover, “Educated.”
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.