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Course module: 880240-M-3
Thematic course 2: Life writing
Course info
Course module880240-M-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Department of Culture Studies; Culture Studies;
Is part of
M Culture Studies
M Language and Culture Education
Contact personprof. dr. W.L.H. van Lierop-DeBrauwer
prof. dr. W.L.H. van Lierop-DeBrauwer
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Coordinator course
prof. dr. W.L.H. van Lierop-DeBrauwer
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Academic year2018
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 19/10/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
Students will learn a specific set of theoretical concepts and tools that can be applied to examine life writing (theories of life writing; narrative theory). They will also learn how to analyse and interpret works of children’s literature that rely on different forms of life writing and learn about various life writing genres and narrative perspectives that are used to represent the life experiences of people of different ages in literature for young audiences.

Attendance to seminars is obligatory.

Our everyday life is full of narratives about world events, extraordinary fates, as well as small stories about our own experiences, both quotidian and exceptional. As the psychologist Jerome Bruner writes, “Stories are what we use to make sense of the world” – we use stories to understand the events, places and people around us and we also use stories to understand ourselves. Life writing is usually associated with genres such as biography and autobiography but it also appears in other forms, such as short narratives about one’s life and (partly) fictionalized accounts of one’s experiences.

This course offers students an idea of life writing genres in general and what they mean in relation to children's literature in particular. Students will become familiar with recent theories about life writing and will be asked to discuss and analyse various works of life writing in children's literature in relation to issues such as identity/subjectivity, truth, authenticity, and ethics by focusing on examining narrative structures such as point of view, voice, and characterization. We will also address questions of why certain life writing genres are particularly popular in children’s literature and from whose perspective are lives depicted in texts aimed at young audiences.

Timetable information
880240-M-3|Thematische cursus 2: Life writing
Required materials
List of literature
A list with primary and secondary literature will be announced on Blackboard
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