English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 5: Fact, Fiction, Autofiction

Course content

What makes a novel feel true?  Is it fidelity to real events, or ways of writing and characterising that reproduce our experience?  Are time and space in novels like those in real life?  And how has truth-telling become a feature of recent fictionality?  This course will start with some recent examples of fiction that deliberately blurs the lines between fiction and reality -- Ben Lerner's, 10.04; Rachel Cusk's, Outline -- and move backwards to look at some earlier works that play with that distinction.  

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

Provisional primary reading list:

  • Ben Lerner, 10.04
  • Rachel Cusk, Outline
  • Chris Kraus, I Love Dick
  • James Joyce, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
  • Sterne, Tristram Shandy (extracts)

Fact, Fiction, Autofiction will be taught in weeks 44-49 + week 50, four hours/week.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75