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ALL783 - Life Writing: Theory and Practice

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:G Perry
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.

Content

This unit examines the various meanings and modes of the diverse group of writings (memoir, biography, autobiography and ficto-criticism) brought together under the term of 'life writing'. The unit offers theoretical perspectives on life writing and related issues (to do with identity, agency, embodiment, memory, testimony, and truth) and the opportunity to undertake practically in a mode of life writing in the light of such theory. The aim is to encourage students to engage (both critically and creatively) with issues-to do with identity, life stories, and experience-that highlight the complex and complementary relationship between 'life' and 'writing'.

Assessment

Two essays (one critical, one creative) 2500 words each, (2x 50%) 100%

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