The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


This 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

Assumed knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Short Creative

Written Assignment: Short Critical

Written Assignment: Final

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Due to the practical nature of this course students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of classes.