2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Autobiographics in Text, Sound and Image


Summer 2013 quarter

Marilyn Freeman media arts, film and television, creative writing
Fields of Study
literature, media arts, moving image and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
creative nonfiction media and literature, video production, media arts, writing

"We have a harder time living the kinds of lives that can be given contour and written about." That feels like the truth of our predicament, the way Sven Birkerts puts it in The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again . "Certain imaginative conceptions of ourselves are harder to keep alive," and arguably, harder to reconcile. He says, "We are experiencing a crisis of representation in the arts, literature included." Fostering self-conceptions, reconciling them, contending with issues of representation—these are all in the marrow of what theorist Leigh Gilmore dubs autobiographics —a feminist theory of self-representation that "sets identity on shifting sands" and is concerned with "resistance and contradiction as strategies of self representation."

In this program students will put autobiographics into practice creatively and critically. Program participants will explore the history and theories of autobiography and will read, screen, and analyze autobiographic print, filmic, and video exemplars. Students will write a variety of short autobiographic pieces; and depending upon the skill-level and interests of program participants, students may work with sound and image to adapt their autobiographic texts into audiovisual scripts and cinematic essays that experiment with fragmented, contradictory, and ramified personal points-of-view.

Advertised Schedule
10a-4p Tue/Wed, 10a-12:30p Thu (Jul. 30 - Aug. 29)
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$20 media lab fee
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
July 12th, 2013 Program is cancelled.
March 22nd, 2013 This offering was initially listed as first session, but it will be offered in second session with a slightly revised schedule.