Further Reading Presentations
We are focusing in this course on the art and craft of autobiography. This is a genre not just about the self, but about writing the self, crafting the self in a text. In the tradition we are exploring, all of the autobiographers are writers and are in some form stories about becoming a writer.
Our studies into the craft of these autobiographies can be enhanced by doing some further reading into these writers and their craft outside the book we are reading. You will present in class some basic research into the writer you have been assigned; you will also initiate discussion into some element of this writer’s biography and/or craft that is of interest and that might provide some context for the book we are reading.
Here are the guidelines:
- Find and provide a brief summary of an additional text by the author: a story, essay, or chapter from a larger book, an interview with the author.
- Make note of any elements of style or craft or particular topics in this further reading that might compare/contrast with the text we are reading: further evidence of how the writer writes and thinks that we can apply to our reading. Identify an element or passage in the class text that you want to highlight for comparison in class discussion.
- For example: you read a short story by Wolff, or perhaps a chapter from his Vietnam memoir, or an interview–where the issue of violence and attraction to guns comes up; you make and show us some connections you see with This Boy’s Life, how he writes about and around this issue, thinks about it as a writer.
- Sketch out some questions or points to raise for discussion. Write this up into a 1 page overview and post to this Further Reading page (click ‘leave a comment’ and copy your sketch into the comment box); post before your class presentation. The presentation/discussion will be around 5 minutes. If you desire, you can combine your efforts with another person also scheduled to present on the same day.
Schedule for the Presentations:
2/3 (Wolff, This Boy’s Life):
Kevin, Jordan, Brendan, Kate C.
2/24 (Cary, Black Ice):
Danielle, Melissa, Steve E., Kristen
3/5 (Rankine, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely):
Lisa, Ryan, Jackie, Travis
3/29 (Momaday, The Names):
Tory, Dave, Paige, Kelsey
4/7 (Shelley Jackson or other versions of digital autobiography):
Sara M., Mike P., Kat, Gussie
4/14 (Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted):
Laura, Kristine, Sarah T., Chelsea, Stephanie