Autobiography as History

3.00 crs.

Knowledge & Values: History I

This course gives students a firm grasp of autobiography as a distinct literary genre. The historical development of autobiography is presented and the distinctions are drawn between autobiography, memoirs, literary portraiture, and personal adventure stories. The bulk of the course treats the historical circumstances in which each autobiography was written and the contents of the individual autobiographies themselves. Attention is given to ancient, medieval, and modern autobiographies.

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