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ENGL3386 Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir

20 creditsClass Size: 12

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Module manager: Dr Jay Prosser
Email: j.d.prosser@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Grade B at A level in English Language or Literature or equivalent.

Please note: this module is restricted to Level 3 students and visiting students.

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL3303Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir
ENGL3311Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir

Module replaces

ENGL3311 Telling Lives

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Telling your family stories has become one of the most popular and compelling forms of writing, in what has been called our 'age of memoir'. This module engages some of the best examples in both a critical and a creative capacity. In the first part of the module, we read six writers' very different approaches to telling family lives. Through the use of stories, photographs, place, another's voice, letters and objects, the texts remember the past, spill family secrets, struggle with inheritance - and the writers discover something about themselves in the act of writing. The second part of the module uses the texts as possibilities for students' own writing, as we borrow from and develop some of the techniques for remembering family pasts. The module is taught by a tutor who is completing his own family memoir; the creative workshops will begin the sharing of writing-in-progress with his work.

Objectives

To introduce students to contemporary family memoirs.
To read memoirs with a critical and creative eye.
To help students produce creative writing related to memoirs.

Learning outcomes
Introductory knowledge of contemporary family memoirs.
Ability to read memoirs critically and creatively.
Ability to recognise and model creatively some of the techniques of contemporary memoirs.

Skills outcomes
Autobiography criticism; literary criticism; creative writing.


Syllabus

Telling your family stories has become one of the most popular and compelling forms of writing, in what has been called our 'age of memoir'. This module engages some of the best examples in both a critical and a creative capacity. In the first part of the module, we read six writers' very different approaches to telling family lives. Through the use of stories, photographs, place, another's voice, letters and objects, the texts remember the past, spill family secrets, struggle with inheritance - and the writers discover something about themselves in the act of writing.

The second part of the module uses the texts as possibilities for students' own writing, as we borrow from and develop some of the techniques for remembering family pasts. The module is taught by a tutor who is completing his own family memoir; the creative workshops will begin the sharing of writing-in-progress with his work.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop21.002.00
Lecture31.003.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Teaching will be through 10 x 1 hour weekly seminars plus 3 x 1 hour lectures and 2 x 1 hour writing surgeries.

Private Study: Reading, seminar preparation, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to seminars
- Feedback on written work

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkCritical Analysis of 1700 words50.00
Written WorkA reading blog of 100 words due weekly, 24 hours before each of the first six seminars10.00
Written WorkA piece of creative writing non-fiction (family memoir) of 2,500 words due at the end module.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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