Choose one topic below for your paper. Follow all instructions in the item above
Choose one topic below for your paper. Follow all instructions in the item above and in the syllabus.
Topic 1: Consider all the definitions of autobiographical literature we’ve discussed. Choose ONE of the primary works listed. Describe how it fits in any one definition. Write an essay that shows how it contains essential elements of autobiographical literature genre.
Topic 2: Consider the problems with life writing we’ve discussed. Choose ONE of the primary works listed. Find any elements that may be problematic in the piece. Write an essay that shows how the piece is mostly credible or mostly not.
Topic 3: Consider the subgenres of autobiographical literature. Choose ONE of the primary works listed. Consider how it may cross over into different subgenres of life writing. Write an essay that shows its flexibility among several subgenres.
Topic 4: Consider the subgenres of autobiographical literature. Choose TWO of the primary works listed. Compare and contrast these works in the light of one or two subgenres, or in light of the overarching idea of autobiographical literature.
Primary Sources– Choose one or two, depending upon the prompt.
“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan
Excerpt from “Guidebook To Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History” by Camille Dungy
“I Wanted To Love Paris, But It Didn’t Love Me” by Jennifer Hope Choi
Secondary Sources–You may use only these if you choose to use secondary.
“Definitions of an Essay” by A. J. Abrams
“Memory Plots” by Jill KerConway
“When Memory Speaks” by Jill KerConway
“Oprah, James Frey, and The Question of Truth” by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts
“The Truth About Lying” by Joseph Kertes
“Telling A Family Culture: Storytelling, Family Identity, and Cultural Membership” by Dena Huisman
“What Is Identity? A Sociological Perspective” by M. J. Kehily
Database sources found through NCC Library’s databases