Everyday Stories

Subject associations
COM 232
Fall 2015
Rachel Bowlby
Registrar description
"How was your day?" "Tell me about yourself." Such commonplace prompts draw out "everyday stories" of real, unremarkable life. But what counts as real life or unremarkable life, and what happens when it gets into literature, too? What parts of reality do everyday stories suppress or show up? Drawing on writers from Homer to Jane Austen to Woolf to Christopher Isherwood, this course looks at novels, stories, diaries, and essays that present versions or theories of everyday life. Students will also be invited to experiment with their own stories or non-stories of the everyday.