54071 Imagining the Real8cp
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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