Traceable Beginnings: Reading and Writing Memoir in the First-Year Humanities Classroom

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This essay explores the process one teacher and her university students undergo as they study the reading and writing of memoir in the context of a course titled, ‘Truth-telling in American Culture’. Exploring the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, engaging the critical tools of introspection and revision, Blumberg parses the links that might be forged between personal memoir and historical understanding. Building reading and composition skills via a technical vocabulary for narrative allows students in all fields to see more independently, whether they are considering their own pasts or the social and political world they currently inhabit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-106
Number of pages12
JournalLife Writing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Memoir
  • humanities
  • introspection
  • narration
  • revision
  • truth


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