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ERIC Number: EJ1172148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Why Literature Students Should Practise Life Writing
Cardell, Kylie; Douglas, Kate
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v17 n2 p204-221 Apr 2018
This article considers our experiences teaching a hybrid literature/creative writing subject called "Life Writing." We consider the value of literature students engaging in creative writing practice--in this instance, the nonfiction subgenre of life writing--as part of their critical literary studies. We argue that in practicing life writing, our literature students are exposed to and gain wider perspective on the practical, critical, creative, and ethical issues that arise from working with literary texts. Such an approach is not with risk. As we discuss in this article, life writing texts can often narrate difficult or traumatic material. However, we want to show how life writing, with its particular focus on actual lives and lived experience, creates a particularly conducive ethical, intellectual, and creative space for learning about and practicing writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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