Readings

Both students and future teachers of this course may find the following readings useful. We have organized the reading list to reflect the fact that this seminar incorporates a range of different disciplines.

The following text is based on concepts presented in this course:

Ramsay, Graham, and Holly Sweet. A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life: Self- Reflection Using Photography, Art, and Writing. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 9781843108924.

Teaching Interactive Classes

Brannigan, Gary G. Experiencing Psychology: Active Learning Adventures. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999. ISBN: 9780321032829.

Writing and Self Expression

Pennebaker, James W. Opening Up: the Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 1997. ISBN: 9781572302389.

Daniel, Lois. How to Write your Own Life Story. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 1997. ISBN: 9781556523182.
This book gives practical tools and tips to help you recall and describe events, lessons, and relationships that have shaped your life - includes tricks to jog your memory, ways to gather facts, and how to conduct library research.

Rainer, Tristine. Your Life as Story. New York, NY: Jeremy Tarcher, 1998. ISBN: 9780874779226.
A thorough, well written, and historical look at how we write about our lives, including a very useful taxonomy of different types of autobiographies.

Roorbach, Bill. Writing Life Stories. Cincinnati, Writer’s Digest Books; New Ed edition (October 2000). ISBN: 9781884910470.

Visual Art and Self Expression

Alinder, J., ed. The Photographer’s Image: Self-portrayal. Carmel, CA: The Friends of Photography, 1978. ISBN: 9780933286009.
Introspective and psychologically minded self-portraits by known photographers, including three essays on self-portraiture.

Hieb, Marianne. Inner Journeying through Art-journaling. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005. ISBN: 9781843107941.

Hines, Babbette. Photobooth. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. ISBN: 9781568983813.
A compendium of photobooth images collected from the 1940s-1960s - opening essay by Lawrence Weschler.

Lafo, R., F. Weiss, and G. Fifield. Self-Evidence: Identity in Contemporary Art. Lincoln, MA: Decordova Museum, 2004. ISBN: 0945506473.

Michals, Duane. Now Becoming Then. Altandena, CA: Twin Palms Publishers, 1990. ISBN: 9780944092125.
A collection of narrative photographs in series which reflect on the artist’s life. Includes a chapter about Michals’ life by Max Kozloff.

Weiser, Judy. PhotoTherapy Techniques. Vancouver, Canada: PhotoTherapy Centre Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780968561904.

 Weissman, N, and D. Heimerdinger. Self-Exposure: A Workbook in Photographic Self-Portraiture. New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1979. ISBN: 9780060906917.
An excellent workbook designed to introduce beginning photographers to the methods of self-portraiture.

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