Autobiography and Memoir: Inside the Heart of Another Person, Time and Place
Tuesdays Oct 9-Nov 20
12:20-1:20 pm, S297
Great autobiographies are powerful evocations not just of a person but a time and place. An engagement with the world. These transport us to Van Gogh’s studio and Julia Child’s years in France, the trenches of war, a colorful Jewish childhood in seaside Egypt, James Baldwin growing up Black in America, humorists on growing older, and a NY filmmaker on his life and movies.
Not required, but encouraged to read some of the books, or parts of them. Sara will hand out suggested portions the week before. She will also be reading passages from the books during class.
- Oct 23: By Sidney Lumet, an autobiographical documentary film
- Oct 30: Michael Herr, Dispatches
- Nov 6: James Baldwin’s essay, Notes of a Native Son
- Nov 13: Andre Aciman, Out of Egypt
- Nov 20: Humorous Essays by Nora Ephron and Roger Angell
Ephron: On Maintenance Angell: This Old Man
Sara Lukinson is three-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and writer, known for her biographical films of artists. She made over 150 film portraits for the Kennedy Center Honors, American Masters and HBO. She has published memoir pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima. Last spring, she had a great time interviewing 92Y Himan Brown Seniors for her talk, “The Lives We Live, The Stories We Tell.”