Fall 22 HUMS 022 Ernest Mitchell
A black and white drawing, of Senegalese griots
Griots de Sambala, Jeanniot source


This course focuses on the humanities through an intensive study of transatlantic biographers. We examine six roles biographers can play: the archivalist, the contemporary, the fictionalizer, the listener, the miniaturist, and the systematizer. Our readings range widely over cultures, places, and times: from Senegalese griots to the Lives of Mary Shelley; from Gertrude Stein’s “autobiographies” to the microbiographies of Jorge Luis Borges; from fragments by Walter Benjamin to Daphne Brooks’ liner notes on Beyoncé. We devote sustained attention to developing writing skills and introduce students to the special collections, art galleries, and rare books libraries of Yale. Friday sessions alternate between writing workshops and field trips to Yale collections.



Tuesday, Thursday
2:30 pm — 3:45 pm


1:00 pm — 4:00 pm


Ernest Mitchell

Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies with a literary focus on the "Harlem Renaissance" and a philosophical one on aesthetics and phenomenology.


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