Credit points: 15
In Writing Autobiography, we conduct interlinked experiments in writing and, importantly, reading autobiography. Students read and interrogate a range of texts (some explicitly autobiographical and others testing the genre's boundaries). They are encouraged to engage critically with taken-for-granted ideas about autobiography, including: the idea of the author's clear-cut relationship to the autobiographical narrative; ideas about authenticity and the rhetoric of authenticity; ideas about the relationship between bodies, places and identity; the sensorium and poetic modes; humanness and memory; pasts and presents. Students will attempt writing beyond the constraints of common assumptions about both writing and being, and they will consider new possibilities for writing about the self, or even against the idea of the self.
FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Salzman
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Prerequisites 15 credit points of first-year English or HUS1PWR
Incompatible subjects ENG2WAB
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre||Prescribed||Schlunke, Katrina||N/A|
|Readings||Running in the Family||Prescribed||Michael Ondaatje||BLOOMSBURY OR OTHER|
|Readings||Toast||Prescribed||Nigel Slater||HARPER COLLINS|
|Readings||Towards Another summer||Prescribed||Frame, Janet||N/A|
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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Salzman
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
|Assignment 1: 2000 words||50|
|Assignment 2: 2000 words||50|