the course of the semester you will read many biographers
and will gain various critical perspectives on their
the semester project you will distill what you have
learned from the biographical sources and the scholarship
into a single, coherent work of your own.
project is to write the life of a famous 20th century
person in the style of an ancient biographer.
You may choose whomever you wish — for instance, a musician,
politician, actor, author — as long as his or her life
has already been substantially documented.
life must be at least 20 pages, typed, and double-spaced.
Footnotes may be used, but they are not really necessary
(you will see that ancient authors have their own conventions
for citing sources).