• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

 This course is intended to introduce students to a series of twentieth century life narratives in the context of contemporary Auto/biography theory and practice. Students will explore concepts of memory and self-fashioning in life writing, together with issues of gender, colonialism, race, cross-cultural encounter and displacement as represented in autobiographical texts. Special attention may be paid to life narratives dealing with traumatic personal and historical events. The course will provide the opportunity to investigate and reflect on obstacles that writers confront in narrating their lives, the strategies they adopt and the gaps and silences that characterize autobiographical writing.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will:

1.    learn to identify the features of different genres of life-writing

2.    develop a critical vocabulary for analyzing autobiography

3.    become familiar with debates in the field of life writing studies

4.    develop advanced skills in reading

5.    enhance their skills in literary analysis and response

6.    hone their skills of critical thinking and writing

Indicative Assessment

Short response on each text (40%) (8 assessments x 300 words each) [Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6]

Final essay (50%) (1750 words) [Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6]

Tutorial participation (10%). [Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6]

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1.5 hours of lectures and 1 hr tutorial per week and associated working time to a total of 120 hours over the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 Units of 1000 level English (ENGL) or Gender (GEND). Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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