Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:

Every other year

This course uses autobiography as a literary form to examine the lives of certain significant people and then to examine our own lives, concentrating particularly on understanding the effects of early home and community environments.

In the first half of the term, students read and report on two autobiographical works chosen from a list including Beryl Markham, Carl Jung, Margaret Mead, Maya Angelou, Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Vincent Van Gogh, W. B. Yeats, and Pete Rose.

In the second half, students write their own autobiographies, working in small groups and frequent tutorial meetings with the instructor. The product is an autobiographical examination of the student’s own development. This course should consume 15 hours per week outside of class, more at the end of the term when finishing the autobiography.


Course involving literature and writing.

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