Works by such writers as Ellison, Williams, O' Connor, Lowell, Barth, Rich, and Hawkes.
Academic Stories: Public Knowledge, Identity, and the State of the Humanities
This course will be co-taught by Professor Michelle Liu and Professor Taranath.
The academy has long been imagined as a place where people create public knowledge, as well as shape their identity. If many college students hope not only to learn a trade but “find themselves,” what does this process look like based on who you are and how your life intersects with history, culture, politics, gender, sexuality, race, privilege and other axes of social life? This course uses academic memoirs, academic biographies, and campus fiction to explore the humanities as an intellectual and institutional formation, and our own particular place in it. Our readings, films, and class discussions will focus on the public and private aspects of our academic lives, and encourage us to reconsider how we read, write, and narrate our own academic stories.
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