Advanced seminar: Ethics of Autobiography - Details
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Course number 021 100 0009
Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 16
expected number of participants 15
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue , 13.04.2021 10:15 - 11:45
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Benjamin Franklin (1791), Autobiography. (preferred: New York: W.W. Norton, 2011).
Menchú, Rigoberta (1983). I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala.
Leslie Marmon Silko (1996). Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit,

We will discuss the texts in this order; I recommend reading Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography before the class starts; we will have reading breaks for the two remaining works.

Course location / Course dates

n.a Tuesday: 10:15 - 11:45, weekly

Module assignments


This seminar will look at the development of the genre "autobiography" from a hemispheric American perspective: We will trace the (European / Western / Enlightenment) roots of the genre and its adaptation in the United States of America in the late 18th century (Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, 1791). Focussing then on how "American" autobiographical practices have changed through time, and with a particular emphasis on gender, ethnicity, and ethics - we will analyse "American" autobiographies of the late 20th and early 21st century, both published in and beyond the United States: Rigoberta Menchú's I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (1983) and Leslie Marmon Silko's Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit. We conclude the seminar by looking at contemporary developments, such as the possibility of nonhuman/more-than-human autobiography.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Zeitgesteuerte Anmeldung: Ethics of Autobiography".
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