HNRS 130: Identity, Community, and Difference (Topics Vary)

HNRS 130-001: Self, Other(s) and Identity: Religious Autobiography
(Spring 2020)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Thompson Hall L004

Section Information for Spring 2020

Who and how does one say that they are, compared to what (and what not), and why? This course will explore the critical and creative construction of the identity of a “self” specifically understood as an engagement with cultural “others” and larger themes in religion, such as freedom, survival, memory, power, love, etc. Over the course of the semester students will read and discuss classic as well as more recent religious autobiographies, especially for America as engaged with senses of a wider world. Such readings may include: Augustine of Hippo’s Confessions, The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca, the graphic novel Maus, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise. Furthermore, students will consider how the genre(s) of autobiography have shifted and diversified throughout history as well as—toward the end of the course with Robert Caro’s Working—what may be required to craft them well.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Course topic varies by semester and section. Students will pursue focused questions about how different conceptions of the self are understood in specific historical, social, scientific, and/or philosophical contexts. Students will understand how questions about individuality and subjectivity are asked in the humanities, arts, and/or social sciences.Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College (Business)., Honors College (STEM). or Honors College. attributes.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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