WRITING AUTOBIOGRAPHY

ENG3WAB

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In Writing Autobiography, we conduct interlinked experiments in writing and, importantly, reading memoir. 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 ideas about autobiography, including: the author's relationship to the autobiographical narrative and narrator; ideas about authenticity and the rhetoric of authenticity; ideas about the relationships between gender, voice, bodies, places and identity; forms and genres; self and memory; pasts and presents. Students will write both creative pieces of memoir and reflections on the nature of memoir and personal narrative arising from readings in theoretical and creative texts.

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

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsRunning in the FamilyPrescribedMichael OndaatjeBloomsbury
ReadingsBoy, LostPrescribedKristina OlssonUniversity of Queensland Press
ReadingsBad BehaviourPrescribedRebecca StarfordAllen & Unwin

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, and critiquing other students' texts
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, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKelly Gardiner

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1: 1500 words40 01, 02, 03, 04
Assignment 2: 2000 words40 01, 02, 03, 04
In-class workshop (equivalent to 500 words)20 01, 02, 03, 04