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Course Name Life Writing-I
Course Code 18ELL203
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester III
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Unit I: 

Introducing life writing- autobiography, biography, travel writing, memoir, diary, letter as sub – genres-evolution of the art of life writing -difference between biography and autobiographyliterary qualities oflife writing.

Unit II:

OrhanPamukIstanbul-Memories and the City.

Unit III:

Amitav Ghosh:In an Antique Land.

Unit IV:

APJ Abdul Kalam: Wings of Fire.

Unit V:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.


To familiarize students with different types of life writing such as autobiography, travel writing and memoir; to sensitize the students about the problem of representing the lives of people from different cultures througha critical evaluation of these writings.

Core Reading

  1. Ghosh, Amitav. In an Antique Land.
  2. Abdul Kalam, APJ.Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam.
  3. Frank, Anne.The Diary of a Young Girl.
  4. Online Sources.


  1. Gillies, Midge. Writing Lives-Literary Biography, Cambridge; Cambridge University Press.
  2. Olney, James. Memory and Narrative: The Weave of Life Writing, Chicago: U of Chicago Press.
  3. Parke, Catharine N. Writing Lives (Genres in Context), New York: Prentice Hall.
  4. Online Sources.

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