University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

ENGL 2070 - Life-Writing

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: ENGL 3043, ENGL 2047
Assessment: Textual analysis 40%, Research Essay/Creative work 50%, Presentation (online discussion activity) 10%

In this course students will read a range of life narratives in the context of theories of self-representation. The course will focus on variations in the genre of life-writing, and will include autobiography, biography, memoir, letters, diaries, journals (written and documentary), graphic and digital forms. The course will examine the evolution of autobiographical texts - and the changing significance attributed to the speaking "I". Set texts will include not only those conventionally understood as autobiography but also those which deliberately blur the line between biography and autobiography. The course will allow students the option of producing a piece of life-writing as part of their assessment. They will develop their skills in reading texts within the context of cultural and literary history and provide the opportunity to explore intersections between critical and creative writing in their own essays or creative writing projects.

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Commonwealth supported
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Postgraduate Coursework
Non Award

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 30/10/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
23617 WR01 90 6 27 Jul - 14 Sep Monday 9am - 12pm Barr Smith South, 2040, Teaching Room
5 Oct - 26 Oct Monday 9am - 12pm Barr Smith South, 2040, Teaching Room
29334 WRK0 20 5 No details available
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