University of Technology Sydney

54071 Imagining the Real

8cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 58216 Imagining the Real


This subject focuses on the concept of the real. Students are asked to engage with the history, contexts, conventions and current debates centred on the notion of 'the real'. Students choose different approaches to these issues in terms of creative and theoretical perspectives. The subject aims to develop students' awareness of the wide possibilities and scope of non-fiction writing and enables them to produce an extended piece of creative non-fiction writing in a workshop environment. Each class acts as a space in which students test out received and experimental approaches to writing and thinking about the real. Truth telling; the use of fictional mode in non-fictional forms of writing; concepts of simulacrum, verisimilitude, revelation and authenticity; and the ethical contexts of documentation are key features of each class's work. Students are asked to nominate the area in which they intend to write and are assisted in researching and contextualising that area.

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