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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

It's a common misconception that autobiographies are simple facsimiles of real lives. In this subject, we explore autobiography as something more artful, complicated and powerful. We'll investigate autobiography as a performance, the ways the construction and publishing of autobiographical narrative shape, reify or constrain identity, the role of readers and anticipated readers in governing identity. We'lll investigate a range of texts from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries in their cultural contexts and consider the "other" autobiographies, the ways we daily construct and broadcast our histories and selves.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlexis Harley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites Enrolment in either AHA-Bachelor of Arts Honours or AHCA-Bachelor of Creatvive Arts Honours.


Incompatible subjects ENG5ABN

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn autobiography,PrescribedFrame, J.GEORGE BRAZILLER
ReadingsAutobiographies,PrescribedDarwin, C.PENGUIN
ReadingsDeprofundis and other writings,PrescribedWilde, O.PENGUIN
ReadingsDora: an analysis of a case of hysteria,PrescribedFreud, S.D.SIMON SCHUSTER
ReadingsFather and son,PrescribedGosse, E.PENGUIN
ReadingsIncidents in the life of a slave girl,PrescribedJacobs, H.DOVER
ReadingsSpeak, memory,PrescribedNabakov, V.PENGUIN
ReadingsThe confessions,PrescribedRousseau, J.J.PENGUIN

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