This course is part of our larger Master of Education teaching project on Life Writing and as such is designed to relate to and interact with the courses of Prof. Breidbach and Prof. Klepper and the concomitant language classes. It invites you to explore and investigate a broad range of life writings (i.e. autobiographies, biographies, diaries, letters, obituaries, internet blogs ,etc.) in contemporary British literature and culture. Against the backdrop of their potential significance for school teaching, we shall study and discuss 'traditional' critical issues such as the construction of identity/self/selves in and through specific narratives, engage with crucial theoretical issues (class, gender, postcolonialism; the textual and narrative nature of the self), look at electronic rewritings of auto/biographical genres, and finally perhaps engage in our own creative writing exercises.
A reader with some of the obligatory reading will be available by the beginning of term.Please obtain your own copies of
1. Carolyn Steedman: Landscape for a Good Woman: A Story of Two Women (Virago Classic non-fiction).
2. Jackie Kay. Adoption Papers (Bloodaxe Books)