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|Title:||Looking at Death with Writer's Eyes: Developing Protocols for Utilising Roadside Memorials in Creative Writing Classes||Contributor(s):||Brien, Donna Lee (author)||Publication Date:||2006||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/1784||Abstract:||"A person telling her life story is, in a sense, offering up herself for her own and her listener's scrutiny ... Whether we should appropriate another's life in this way becomes a legitimate question." --Daphne PataiAt various times since 1998, I have taken groups of tertiary-level creative writing students to a local cemetery as part of a life writing class. Seeking to inspire biographical and autobiographical research and writing, I have found that these excursions also provided students with a fascinating insight into local history and the individuals who populated past eras, as well as a germane frame for discussions on the ethics of life writing and the biographical subject's right to privacy. In addition, these cemetery visits have furnished a useful foundation in developing protocols for students to follow when utilising roadside memorials in a similar manner; however, a consideration of the unique nature of roadside memorials is essential in planning such an excursion.||Publication Type:||Conference Publication||Conference Name:||First International Symposium on Roadside Memorials, University of New England, Armidale, June 25, 2004||Source of Publication:||Roadside Memorials: A Multidisciplinary Approach, p. 209-216||Publisher:||EMU Press||Place of Publication:||Armidale||Field of Research (FOR):||200506 North American Literature||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication||Other Links:||http://nla.gov.au/anbd.bib-an41213941
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