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Sunday, 09 January

788. Teaching Life Writing Now

1:45–3:00 p.m., Platinum Salon F, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on the Teaching of Literature and the Division on Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing

Presiding: Leonard Cassuto, Fordham Univ., Lincoln Center

Speakers: David M. Ball, Dickinson Coll.; Sarah J. Heidt, Kenyon Coll.; Susannah B. Mintz, Skidmore Coll.; Elizabeth Stone, Fordham Univ., Lincoln Center; Julia Watson, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

This session will focus on the teaching of life writing, with particular emphasis on the issues raised by life writing today. Heidt will focus on teaching gender and life writing; Watson will address the teaching of memoir in the light of the questionable truth claims that have lately attached to it; Mintz will consider disability and life writing; Stone will focus on immigrant and ethnic life writing; and Ball will discuss the teaching of life writing in the form of the graphic novel.

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