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EL55C2: WRITING THE SELF (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

What is at stake in writing autobiographical texts? What are the forms writers have used to write themselves? Is autobiography simply, as Oscar Wilde states, the lowest form of criticism? Looking at a range of texts from the Medieval period to the present, with a special focus on women’s writing, this course examines the formal, ethical, political, and aesthetic choices writers make when writing themselves.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Elizabeth Elliott
  • Dr David Wheatley

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Life writing lies between literature and history; it often challenges the distinction between fact and fiction. It can be a form of political subversion, or a form of private reflection. This course explores a wide range of life writing, from the Medieval period to the present, in order to look at the formal, ethical, political, and aesthetic choices writers make when writing themselves. The course particularly focuses on women’s life writing; incorporating a variety of material from diaries and poems to essays and experimental fiction, it showcases both the challenges and rewards of this most private, most public form of expression. Selected authors may include Margery Kempe, Frederick Douglass, Virginia Woolf, and Alison Bechdel.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 35

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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1 end-of-course essay 3,500 words.

Written and oral feedback provided.

Word Count 3500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

1 mid-term essay 2,500 words

Written and oral feedback provided

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Oral feedback provided.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay resubmission 3,500 words

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Written
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyIn written and oral forms, students will demonstrate the ability to apply theories of life-writing to chosen texts.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will demonstrate understanding of autobiographical texts from multiple periods, and their relation to historical and social contexts.
ProceduralCreateIn written and oral forms, students will produce analyses of chosen texts demonstrating an awareness of the ways gender, class, and race impact the creation of autobiographical texts.
ProceduralAnalyseStudents will understand the difference between multiple forms of life writing and the relevant theories used to discuss them.

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