Linda Schlossberg (Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality)
Freshman Seminar 62R 4 credits (fall term) Enrollment: Limited to 12
In this seminar we'll read a range of classic LGBT life stories (memoirs, journals, diaries, essays, and autobiographies), beginning in the 1800s and ending in the present. We will study them as products of their specific historical moment, paying close attention to changing ideas about race, class, gender, and sexuality. Questions: How do people narrate the story of their identity? What aspects of their life histories do they highlight; what do they censor? How does the "coming out story," generally understood to be characterized by truth-telling and revelation, borrow from the conventions of fiction?