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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
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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
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