Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Salzman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first-year English or HUS1PWR


Incompatible subjects ENG2WAB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBluff Rock: Autobiography of a MassacrePrescribedSchlunke, KatrinaN/A
ReadingsRunning in the FamilyPrescribedMichael OndaatjeBLOOMSBURY OR OTHER
ReadingsToastPrescribedNigel SlaterHARPER COLLINS
ReadingsTowards Another summerPrescribedFrame, JanetN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Salzman

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignment 1: 2000 words50
Assignment 2: 2000 words50