OSL Seminar: Contemporary Debates in Life Writing

OSL Seminar: Contemporary Debates in Life Writing

University of Amsterdam | Dates: March – April 2021 (tbc), five sessions | Coordinator: Dr. Marleen Rensen (UvA) | 5 EC | Open to: RMA students and PhD candidates, OSL members will have first access

Registration will open Fall 2020

This course focuses on contemporary debates in life writing as a newly emerging field across disciplines. Life writing is an umbrella term for a wide range of writings about one’s own or someone else’s life, such as biography, autobiography, memoir, diary, bio-fiction and travel writing. In the course we will explore various life stories of men and women in the 20th and 21st centuries, who each had their own unique set of life experiences, beliefs and perceptions. This will help gain a richer understanding of how individuals move through, interact with, and are affected by the major events of their time — and how their lives are narrated, either by themselves or by others.