This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 225
  • Course: B.Tech
  • Semester: VII
  • Title: Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Autobiography
  • Stream: English
  • Understanding and revisiting autobiography as a literary genre; The ideology of the genre in traditional autobiography: roles and functions; Autobiography as a means of self-expression: personal and social growth; Elements and shape of stories in crafting Life Narratives: Time and Language; Confession: the narrative self and Identity: history, race, ethnography and culture; The politics of subjectivity and resistance; Tensions between creativity, verisimilitude and sacred secrets; Interplay between Self, Mind and Inner Speech; Connection of- Autobiography to memory, terror, trauma, , gender, class and caste; Autobiography- and Truth: forms of truth, fiction and truth; Dalit autobiography; Journaling- as a central feature of autobiographic narrative- :- the beginnings, the objective and the- scientific, rhetoric and style; Revising Autobiography, Almanac and Memoir; Imagining future- autobiographical manifestoes in media and technology: alternative futures for the 21st Century , websites as new sites for Life Narratives, blogging- and weblogs as public journals.

    List of selected texts will be revised time to time.