Instructor: Ash                    T/Th                    11:00am – 12:20pm

BoK: HU – Humanities

We study women’s autobiography and their fictional writings of self -recollection and self-development (also known as coming of age novels or Bildungsroman). We will be concerned with such questions as “what is the self?” and “what conditions, including social constructions of gender, race, and ethnicity effect the development of the self”?  We explore some of the conventions of autobiography and memoir, including how events are selected, told and even fictionalized, and how the narrators present themselves and establish authority over their life- narratives. Readings include Purple Hibiscus by Ngozi Adichie, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Dandicat, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and Black, White, Jewish by Rebecca Walker.

Course is cross-listed with WGS 2029: Gender and Literature