AMST 46B — American Biography

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Focuses on biography as a method of historical inquiry and literary expression. Students grapple with fundamental questions of the genre: Whose lives get memorialized and why? What can one life say about the period in which it was lived? How much attention should biographers pay to the private lives versus public accomplishments of their subjects? How do biographers wrestle with the fallibility of memory? Usually offered every second year.
Eileen McNamara