Memoirs with a Social Conscience
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Many nonfiction writers address issues of social justice not so much with facts and figures but through compelling personal stories, often their own. When truly successful in relating personal stories to the larger social and political framework, these writers have influenced generations of readers as well as society as a whole. We will read Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Elie Wiesel, Night; Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, Farewell to Manzanar; John Hersey, Hiroshima; James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time; James McBride, The Color of Water; Deanna Fei, Girl in Glass; and Alison Bechtel, Fun Home. Active participation in class discussion is encouraged. Please read Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl for the first class.
You'll Walk Away with
- Greater exposure to memoirs that address social and political issues
- Increased cultural literacy
- Anyone who loves reading
- Those who care about injustice in the world
- Students who use and appreciate critical thinking