Testimony: Writing History/Righting History

Schools of Public Engagement: BPATS

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Writing, Righting History
Fall 2023
Taught By: Terri Gordon
Section: A

CRN: 15709

Credits: 3

In the past 30 years, a global culture of “truth telling” has emerged. Along with truth commission reports, testimonial literature has become an essential source of lived political history. Survivors of serious human rights violations have recorded their experiences in the form of first-person narratives designed to counter the “official story.” In this course, we study the genre of testimonial literature by reading individual accounts in their national and historical contexts. What is the role of “story telling” in healing and reconciliation on an individual and national level? In what ways does testimony reveal hidden or alternative truths? How do narratives help to reconstitute the past, preserve memory, and make national history? This is a world literature course that considers case studies from Latin America and the Caribbean in the late 20th century.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: BPATS (BPAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:44pm EDT 9/27/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 601
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/5/2023