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On Memoirs: Genre of the Age

FOUR WEDNESDAYS, 12:30 - 2 P.M. SEPTEMBER 29; OCTOBER 6, 13, AND 20 | COMPASS BANK, SECOND FLOOR 2001 KIRBY DRIVE AT SAN FELIPE

MARSHA RECKNAGEL

In the past decade, the memoir has emerged as the signature genre of the age. Unfortunately, some of the most recent and best memoirs have received less attention than the more sensational examples. Eavan Boland's Object Lessons, Andre Dubus' Meditations from a Movable Chair, Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face, and Jamaica Kincaid's My Brother exemplify the best the form has to offer. In each of these works, the writer has fused story and style in ways that illuminate the dilemma memoirists, essayists, and autobiographers face when structuring a true tale within the confines of narrative.

Jamaica Kincaid's My Brother will be the subject of the first class.


Marsha Recknagel teaches creative writing at Rice University. She received an M.F.A. from Bennington College Writing Seminars. Her memoir, Make Me an Angel, will be published in January 2001 by St. Martin's Press.

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Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 

 

The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.

 

Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 

 

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