English R1B

Reading & Composition: Mobility, Identity, and the Law

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
12 Spring 2008 Aurelio Perez
MW 4-5:30 225 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

�The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro� � Frederick Douglass; Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl � Harriet Ann Jacobs; Puddn�head Wilson � Mark Twain; The Trial (film) � Orson Welles (1963) Franz Kafka; Light in August � William Faulkner; Lucy � Jamaica Kincaid


"From affirmative action to enemy combatants, �identity� and legally-supported identifications maintain important yet often-challenged positions within our society. In this course we will utilize readings, class discussions, group work, and essays to examine a variety of literatures that revolve around the interplay of mobility, identity, and the Law. Specifically, we will observe and analyze the manners in which different works chronicle the transgression of spaces and identities created by laws. Ultimately, we will evaluate these works� abilities to create new spaces and identities that resist legal constraint. Each text provides a platform for the contemplation, discussion, analysis, and written presentation of these themes.

This course also takes up where the first half of R&C coursework leaves off, building from an intermediate to advanced proficiency in rhetorical and critical composition. There will be a heavy group-work component in this course, supporting both the composition and literature material: if you can learn to help other people with their analyses and writing, then you can learn to do it for yourself. Course evaluation will be based on class participation, group work, and three essay assignments of increasing length."

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