Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Patrizia Sambuco


Previously coded CLS2045


The unit consists of three interrelated modules. The first focuses on the construction of the self, covering key theoretical debates on autobiography and self-invention. In the second module, we focus on biography and its relationship with evidence, documents and truth. In the third module we explore the relationship between women's life writing fictional recreation and historical interpretation and reflect on the process and implications involved in writing women's history.


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. have an understanding of the theoretical debate regarding autobiography and biography
  2. develop a deeper understanding of specific examples of world literature
  3. analyse women's writing lives with particular reference to historical interpretations and autobiography


Essay (1500 words) or auto/biographical project agreed upon with subject coordinator (1500 words or equivalent): 30%
Research essay (2500 words): 40%
Tutorial paper in the form of an initial presentation of the research essay: 20%
Class participation: 10%
In the essay students will be expected to develop a deeper theoretical understanding of a text of their choice not studied in class.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week or 22 hours per semester
One additional 1-hour tutorial per week (specific to the language - for language students only)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A gateway unit in Literary Studies.