Fall 2023

Political Autobiographies

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-103


Jared Loggins (Section 01)


This first-year seminar exposes students to political autobiography as a genre by reading political autobiographies written by Black authors across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will pay careful attention to the manner in which their personal narratives connect to some key themes in American and global political thought such as race, capitalism, incarceration, gender, sexuality, and resistance.

Limited to 16 students. Open to first-year students only. First-year seminar. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Loggins.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: comparative reading, expository writing, archival research, and group discussion/debate.

FYSE 103 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 103
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 103

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, Second Edition University of Minnesota Press - 2nd edition Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023