Professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse
TIME AND DATE TO BE DECIDED
This version of FYS uses the concept of true-life narratives—our own and those of others—as the basis and inspiration for the reading, writing, and research you will do this term. We will proceed from the belief that all people are interesting if you ask the right questions. And that life “documentary” (which simply means a factual record or report of someone’s life) can be as interesting in approach and form as our imagination allows. In essence, we will produce a series of life stories which might employ or combine writing, illustration, audio, or photography. We will start with our own histories and those of others in class. From there, we will move outward to family members, members of the campus community, and members of a cultural group or community of interest to us. The goal is to produce interesting, cohesive and factual narratives that allow us to engage in some of the practices of academic inquiry. We will do so in a supportive, interactive classroom setting in which your work and ideas are critiqued. Expect frequent reading, discussion, writing, and revision.