English N1A

Reading & Composition: Unreliable Narrators

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2012 Xiang, Sunny
MW 10-12 2038 Valley LSB

Book List

Hamid, Mohsin: The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Ishiguro, Kazuo: An Artist of the Floating World; James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw; Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita

Other Readings and Media

A course reader


What happens when the teller of a story misleads us? What qualities make for a palatable narrator who we as readers are willing to follow to the end of the book? In this course, we will examine through select twentieth-century novels the conditions that influence our capacity to trust a storyteller. In speculating on the broader effects and implications of a narrator's reliability (or lack thereof!), we will also attempt to complicate our own position as readers.

This course requires you to complete two essays of increasing length. For these papers, you will go through a process of outlining, drafting, editing, and revising to build a repertoire of critical reading and writing skills. You will also be expected to complete short writing assignments and responses.  

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