Writing the Self

Course code ENGL3006Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines the theory and practice of autobiography through a study of techniques of writing the self, integrating literary analysis and creative writing in an exploration of the role of memory and imagination in reconstructing and shaping the past.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate
(1) a broad understanding of issues related to the shaping of the past in literature
(2) a detailed understanding of techniques involved in the construction of the self through memory and narrative
(3) core skills in written and oral communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice.
ContentThis course will explore the processes involved in writing about the self, integrating analysis of the autobiographical techniques of major writers with a practical understanding of the resources of the writer through workshop exercises and assignments. Particular attention will be paid to
The literary tradition of the autobiographical act
The creation of self and identity in and through narrative
The fictions that inform "autobiographical truth"
The nature and role of memory in the structuring of experience
The motives for memoir-writing
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNo transitional arrangements are necessary
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, online quiz, blogs, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totalling 1000-4500 words. 100%
Other: (please specify)Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.

Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the course outline available in the first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL3006