Life Writing Studies at UHM

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa English department offers courses in life writing every semester. Check the menu for more information on the courses that are on rotation, the recent MA theses and Ph.D. dissertations done in the department, and more.

For the Fall 2017 semester, the following courses will be taught (click the course title for a full description!):

ENG 311: Autobiographical Writing with Professor Daphne Desser

Black feminist theorist, writer, and teacher bell hooks states: “We are born and have our being in a place of memory. We chart our lives by everything we remember from the mundane moment to the majestic. We know ourselves through the art and act of remembering.” . . . In this course we will examine the role of writing memoir as an “art and act of remembering,” one that serves not only to further the healing of inherited trauma but also as a rhetorical act of resistance in an emerging “fact-free” media landscape.

ENG 775: Queer Studies, & Questions of Race, Class, Nation & Genre  with Professor Cynthia Franklin

In this course, which features life writing texts, we will investigate queer theory and its intersections with studies of class, race, nation and genre. Our basic premise for the course is that human sexuality and gender are socially constructed and regulated. Our primary concern will be to understand the multiplicity of ways in which families, communities, and nations institutionalize heterosexuality and gender roles, and the ways in which individuals and groups can and do resist these roles.

Upcoming Courses

Spring 2018

  • ENG 445: James Baldwin — Jack Taylor
  • ENG 664: Biography: Memoir Across Media — John Zuern

Fall 2018

  • ENG 464 Studies in Life Writing: Life Writing & Human Rights — Cynthia Franklin
  • ENG 773 Seminar in Hawaiian Literature: Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) Non-Fiction Writing — Craig Howes

Spring 2019

  • ENG 764 Seminar in Life Writing: Representing the Holocaust — Miriam Fuchs