Testimony: Writing History/Righting History

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Writing, Righting History

Fall 2021

Taught By: Terri Gordon

Section: A

CRN: 11143

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? We read classical testimonial accounts, such as I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. We also consider the relationship between truth and fiction in the works of Ariel Dorfman, Carlos Cerda, and Horacio Castellanos Moya. Critical texts by John Beverly, Idelber Avelar, Jean Franco, and others. This is a world literature course that considers case studies from Latin America and the Caribbean in the late 20th century. Students will have the opportunity to make history by participating in “Writing and Righting History,” the Project Continua Wikipedia Edit a Thon, or by editing oral history transcripts of AIDS activists for the United States of AIDS site.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 11:30pm 1/20/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 618

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/7/2021