ENG 212 : Biography and Autobiography

Covers the study of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and journals as works of literature.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize the structures of biography and autobiography as distinct forms of literature.
  • Compare and contrast the ways in which a perceiving, living individual (the "subject") is treated in biography, autobiography, and other literary genres such as poetry, fiction, and journalism.
  • Recognize how an author's own ideology shapes reality in an autobiography or biography, including how it raises questions about truth, factuality, objectivity, and subjectivity.
  • When reading, connect biographical and autobiographical texts to their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Recognize the roles that argument, rhetoric, fiction, photography, aesthetics, and evidence play in the composing process of biography and autobiography.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B.

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Grading Options

Letter Grades


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