Crucial Different Lives, Narrated (Auto-)Biographies
Volledige vakbeschrijving“Crucially Different Lives, Narrated (Auto-) biographies” is designed to explore life stories/histories and auto/biographical writing in relation to the construction of differences we studied in Course A and B. It provides the opportunity to mobilize the insights you have gained during the previous two courses, by making use of them in analyzing texts that document the crucially different life of a person you have chosen. How do the discussions that you came across in these courses inform the lives of men and women from all walks of life? In what ways are crucial differences that we have discussed lived, remembered, and written/narrated by so-called ‘authors of the self’? What exactly is the connection between autobiography and contemporary theorizing about the subject and the so called “death of the subject”? How can differences be read, interpreted, and written by the authors of an-other’s life? How are they narrated and acted in narrations and performances of the self?
Doelstellingen van dit vakThis course aims to come closer to understanding differences through shifting the level of analysis to that of the individual self. It will start on the premise that the differences we have studied so far are not only constructed (in text and narration), but also experienced and lived, or better, that the social scripts, gender norms and stereotypes of ‘Otherness’ are also performed and embodied. All effects of subjectivity are ‘using’ the subject’s corporeality as a medium and a framework. Rather than looking at constructions and performances of crucially different lives as separate ends, we will learn they exist in a continuum. Auto/biographical accounts — whether they are written, visualized or narrated— offer the possibility to investigate how the two approaches are interwoven into auto/biographical texts. The course will provide you with skills of reading and interpreting auto/biographies as well as with some of the interview skills of the biographical method. The course aims to assist you in analyzing the ways in which the categories of gender, ‘race’, class, and sexuality interact with one another in the formation of subjectivity, differences and ‘different’ selves.
Aanbevolen literatuurJohn Eakin: How Lives become Stories. Making Selves, 1999
3 jan 2022
28 jan 2022
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
- I.L.J. Melchior
Evaluatiemethoden:Presentation, Written exam
Trefwoorden:(Auto-)Biography, Interview, Lifewriting, Gender and Intersectionality