Autofiction: Race, Representation & Self
All autobiographies, writes Brian Castro, are “highly inventive acts of dissimulation”. At the same time, “autobiography” makes claims “about oneself, one’s family, lineage, history”. In this course, you will explore how autofiction makes productive use of this ambiguity in all writing about the self. In particular, you will learn how the techniques of autofiction might be applied to writing about race, ethnicity and identity in contemporary Australia. You Will Learn: About the challenges and rewards of writing autofiction Frameworks for writing about race, ethnicity and identity in the context of Australia’s settler colonial history How to place one’s writing practice within contemporary conversations about race and representation Practical methods for writing about the (fictional) self Tips for navigating writing about self and family
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