Reading and Writing Women’s Lives: Personal Essay, Autobiography, Biography, Autoethnography

”Reading and Writing Women’s Lives” is a course designed to introduce students to genres of writing that involve personal and lived experience about and by women: personal essay, biography, autobiography, and autoethnography. Not only will students be reading these forms as well as theories about writing and women’s experience, but they will also try a hand at producing them.

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Stopping and Reading: Zen Contemplative Practices and Literary Study

This project explores the integration of Zen Buddhist contemplative practices with practices entailed in academic, especially literary, reading. The mindfulness cultivated through Zen practices, and the ethical awareness that can spring from that mindfulness can inspire an academic reading practice that is both faithful to the particulars of a text’s form and sensitive to its ethical and political implications.

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