TOPIC: GENERATIONAL STORIES

This course will focus on stories that address the relationship between generations, with an overall -but not exclusive- emphasis on parent-child relationships. The assumption behind this course is that stories are the primary mechanism by which individuals and cultures make sense of everything that matters to them. So I will begin with a lecture on the way that stories do make sense of things; the sense-making power of stories will continue as a focus throughout the course. We will then turn to a wide range of stories and forms - fairy tales, a children's book or two, fiction, autobiography, film - in which generational issues are addressed.

There will be two lectures a week, plus two discussion sections. Students will be expected to write periodic quizzes, two essays, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. They will also be expected to write a generational story of their own.

The list of materials below is tentative and incomplete; the final list will be determined when I confer with the AIs who will teach the course with me. Email me(hedin) in June if you would like the final list.

Tentative course materials: