Reading and Writing Women’s Lives: Personal Essay, Autobiography, Biography, Autoethnography
Short Title: Reading and Writing Women’s Lives
Format: Web Article
Sources ID: 22440
Zotero Collections: Contemplation by Applied Subject, Humanities and Contemplation, English and Literature Learning and Contemplation, Higher Education and Contemplation, Education and Contemplation
Reading and Writing Women’s Lives’ is a course designed to introduce you to genres of writing that involve personal and lived experience about and by women: personal essay, biography, autobiography, and autoethnography. Not only will we be reading these forms as well as theories about writing and women’s experience, but we will also try our hand at producing them ourselves. The guiding method of this course is collaborative learning: between teacher and students, between me and each of you, between each of you and your own small group or the class in general. The course emphasizes dialogue and process–experiential learning at its heart, since the very topic of the course necessitates that we confront our understanding of experience itself, and confront the ways our understanding of our selves depends on it. Together we will learn to recognize and examine various scripts for being and knowing, in order to seize the one(s) we find most meaningful.