Writing: Before and Beyond the Image

Subject 106-427 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
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Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate certificate or diploma or fourth year honours in English, creative writing or English language, or admission to Bachelor of Creative Arts (honours).
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Marion M Campbell
Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to foster innovation and experimentation in the writing of advanced students. It is a 'stand alone' subject but one which should complement the other fourth year writing subject, Contested Sites, in that it extends that interrogation of the limits, ethics and politics of writing. It focuses, in particular, on the paradoxes of 'representation', on its 'impossibility' and engages with a range of theoretical, critical and imaginative texts and practices, which suggest possibilities for writing. While it provides a forum for discussion and a workshop space for trying out new work, it is also a place to experiment, to theorise and to stretch the possibilities for your own practice; to learn, not simply from other writing, but from a whole range of radical practices.

Assessment: Workshop participation 10% and the writer's notebook 10% (due at the end of the semester). All students are required to submit a short review and a draft project proposal (of not more than 500 words including a synopsis, critical reflection and draft extract) for feedback and will be resubmitted in a refined form together with the completed writing project. A writing project of 4500 words including the revised synopsis and critical reflection of 500 words 80% (due at the end of the semester). Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to have their work assessed in this subject.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate a recognition of the complex political and ethical issues around writing;

  • develop experimental techniques expressive of this awareness;

  • be able to research, develop and edit extended creative projects showing some innovative flair.


Formerly available as 106-081. Students who have completed 106-081 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts(Honours)
Bachelor of Creative Arts(Honours)
Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (English)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Literature)

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