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Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir

 

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir

 

MALS students take four classes within the program—Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies, two core courses in their chosen track, and the thesis—and choose their remaining electives from among courses offered across the doctoral and certificate programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities at the Graduate Center.

 

 

MALS Track in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir

Introduction

Diarists and bloggers and writers of letters and emails enjoy what some call “life writing”; celebrity culture and the media have increased popular interest in biography and autobiography. In a broad variety of professions, people write profiles, obituaries, or case studies. Within the academy, personal writing provides source material for historians and biographers; literary scholars continue to trawl the archives for hidden gems in these so-called minor genres; and theorists of autobiography and biography continue to amass a formidable bibliography. The aim of the MALS track in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir is to explore the various kinds and the long history of life writing (from, e.g., Plutarch) and its importance within the disciplines (from art history to science studies) and around them.

Degree Requirements

This Master's degree program requires the following coursework for a total of 30 credits:

  • A required introductory course [MALS 70000: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies].
  • Two required core courses to introduce students to Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir [MALS 70900 and MALS 71000].
  • 18 credits from courses of the student's choice.
  • A master's thesis [MALS 79000].

Core Courses

  • MALS 70900 Approaches to Life Writing, 3 credits
  • MALS 71000 Forms of Life Writing, 3 credits

Elective Courses

Electives can be chosen among courses offered across most of the doctoral and certificate programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities at the Graduate Center.
 
For related coursework in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir, students may look to offerings in the doctoral programs in English and Comparative Literature

Faculty

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Questions about the MALS track in Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir may be directed to liberalstudies@gc.cuny.edu.