WRITING AUTOBIOGRAPHY

ENG3WAB

2015

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, gender, places and identity; forms and genre in memoir and autobiographical writing; 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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKelly Gardiner

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ENG2WAB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsRunning in the FamilyPrescribedMichael OndaatjeBLOOMSBURY OR OTHER
ReadingsToastPrescribedNigel SlaterHARPER COLLINS
ReadingsAn Angel At My TablePrescribedFrame, JanetRandom House

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Attempt writing that uses form and structure to convey meaning

Activities:
Lectures and classroom discussions include analysis of how set texts (and students' texts) do this; students practice this in class, and submit assignments that do it.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Discuss an array of ideas related to autobiographical theory

Activities:
Readings and lectures and classroom discussions introduce these; students' assignments include discussion of ideas relating to autobiographical theory.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Engage critically with texts about the self

Activities:
Lecturers model this; classroom discussion actively cultivates this skill; students' assignments include writing texts about the self and texts about texts about the self
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Practice forms of autobiographical writing

Activities:
Set texts model this; classroom discussions suggest the limitations of what set texts model; students' assignments include practicing forms of autobiographical writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKelly Gardiner

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 2000 words50 01, 02, 03, 04
Assignment 2: 2000 words50 01, 02, 03, 04