RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 002 Memoir: Writing from Within
Term: WN 2019
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Consent:
With permission of department.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Almost every month, a new tell-all memoir hits the racks: a woman looks back on how she survived her rotten mother; a man remembers the abuse he suffered at the hands of a foster family. Such books have their place, but memoir can embrace a much broader palette of experiences—positive and negative—and can take readers beyond the purely personal to a greater understanding of a place, a time, an event, and themselves. For the writer, creating a memoir should be a way not only to relate and confront personal stories, but also to illuminate a part of the world.

In this writing- and reading-intensive course, we will read essays and memoirs by such acclaimed writers as Alison Bechdel, Tobias Wolff, Ann Patchett, and James Baldwin. We’ll discuss the importance of “truth” in capturing a life, and study how some of the best writers tackle hard topics without self-pity and often with a good deal of humor. Weekly writings will give you a chance to improve with the support of peer and teacher feedback.

For more information, contact the instructor, Susan Rosegrant (rosegran@umich.edu).

Course Requirements:

Students will read three memoirs and a selection of essays. They will write every week, learning how to incorporate memories, research, and observation into compelling anecdotes and stories. Students will critique each other’s work in class; rewriting will be the norm. By the end of the semester, they will produce one shorter memoir and two 7- to 15-page memoirs.

Intended Audience:

This course is open to seniors and juniors; others require permission of instructor.

Class Format:

Seminar

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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31587
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7
4RC Ugrd
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M 8:00PM - 10:00PM
W 7:00PM - 10:00PM
002 (SEM)
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24733
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1
2Jr>
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W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
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31675
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10
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
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20976
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0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
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26202
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (SEM)
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31865
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8
 
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W 5:30PM - 8:30PM
007 (SEM)
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19678
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26
9RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (SEM)
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32584
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2
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
009 (SEM)
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25016
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23
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
010 (SEM)
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25263
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16
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
011 (SEM)
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26440
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8
 
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F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
012 (SEM)
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36127
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7
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
M 7:00PM - 10:00PM
013 (SEM)
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26785
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0
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 9780802136688
This boy's life : a memoir, Author: Tobias Wolff., Publisher: Grove Press 1st Grove 2000
Required
ISBN: 9780060572143
Truth & beauty : a friendship, Author: Patchett, Ann., Publisher: HarperCollins 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780618871711
Fun home : a family tragicomic, Author: Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
Required
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