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This module will introduce students to a number of authors who work in a range of autobiographical styles, including journalism, memoir, confessional poetry, the autobiographical novel, life-writing and diaries, as well as semi-autobiographical fiction and creative nonfiction. The module will discuss the broad characteristics of autobiography and nonfiction, and the questions it raises concerning the relation between, among other things, fiction, fact, history, and memory. In workshops, students will develop their own creative nonfiction piece, as well as a critical commentary in which they discuss their work within chosen genres, and in light of themes and topics studied in class.
This module will run as a weekly one-hour lecture, accompanied by a weekly one-hour writing workshop. The lectures will focus on studying texts that make use of the autobiographical mode, and the techniques authors use when writing in it. Topics and themes will include: writing as catharsis, imaginative autobiography, the ambiguity of truth, and the nature of confession. In workshops students will present their own autobiographical work and analyze that of their peers in relation to topics and themes discussed in lectures.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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