We live in an autobiographical age: constantly representing—and reinventing--ourselves as we update our status, announce major life transitions, capture (and delete) quotidian moments and issue commentary on news and relationships. This colloquium explores how contemporary modes of self-narration and discovery resemble and depart from earlier genres of the self. Have social media changed our understanding of the self in relation to society? How do new technologies shape our sense of our place in the world, our relationships to others, and our perception of time and change? In order to address these questions, we will read coming-of-age diaries, novels, films, and memoirs from a range of periods and places--including such texts as Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and films including Flirting (Australia, 1991), We Live in Public (US, 2009), Girlhood(France, 2014) and the Oscar-winning Boyhood (US, 2014)--together with scholarship on identity formation, the public sphere, modernization, and globalization.
Source: College Colloquium Page
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