Writing the Self
Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004
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.
|Objectives||Upon 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.
|Content||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
|Transition||No transitional arrangements are necessary|
|Assumed Knowledge||20 units of English at 1000 level|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|