WiSe 14/15: Writing Beyond the Bounderies: Creative Nonfiction and Alternative Forms of Academic Writing
Aims and Objectives
This course takes an experimental approach to written communication, with a focus on the concept that all writing - whether literary criticism, poetry, fiction or biography - is ... read more
Aims and Objectives
This course takes an experimental approach to written communication, with a focus on the concept that all writing - whether literary criticism, poetry, fiction or biography - is essentially subjective. The course differs from the more conventional Academic Writing course in order to explore how our own subjectivities, histories and experiences inform our writing practices, and to consider ways in which storytelling can be used to make an argument.
We will analyse a variety of writing genres, including Literary Journalism, Ecriture Féminine, Memory Writing, and Travel Writing. We will also look at Fictocritcism, a postmodern approach to academic writing that combines fiction, poetry, theory and criticism.
The fundamental goal of this course is to blur the boundaries between genres, making non-fiction read like fiction, so that even an academic paper can become a thriller.
Throughout the semester, students will be required to contribute original writing for analysis and discussion in class workshops.
During the module, students will learn:
" to develop their own imagination, self-criticism and craft through a combination of structured writing exercises and independent writing
" to consider the issues raised in the writing process
" to uncover various methods of dealing with potential problems
" to develop their critical faculties so that they can analyse their own writing as well as that of others
Over the course of the semester, students will be required to compile a portfolio of short pieces of original writing (approximately 2500 words). The basic requirements for gaining 5 credit points are: the completion of the portfolio and regular attendance in the course, including active participation in all writing assignments.
The course will be held in English. Students must have an active command of sophisticated, near native-speaker language skills (C1 / C2).
Kompetente Sprachverwendung(hohes Sprachniveau bis fast muttersprachliche Sprachkompetenz) (C1 / C2).