English R1A

Reading and Composition: Identity as Performance

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
8 Fall 2019 Ghosh, Srijani
MW 5-6:30 note new location: 2032 Valley LSB

Other Readings and Media

There will be a course reader, available at Copy Central on Telegraph Ave.


"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players."—As You Like It, Act II sc. VII

We often hear people say that actions speak louder than words. We express our identities, who we are, through our actions, our performances, our lived experiences amidst the context and structures within which we operate. We connect with our immediate socio-political circumstances, and these relations, in turn, determine our performances of our identities. Personal identity is thus not a concrete unchangeable idea, but its performance is constantly in flux depending on the context. This will be a reading- and writing-intensive course where we will examine five plays focusing on the construction of identity through performance.

Together with our critical inquiry into modes of reading, we will practice our writing skills. We will devote plenty of time to critical thinking and essay-writing skills, paying particular attention to argumentation, analysis, and the fundamentals of writing at the college level.

(Note the new instructor and content of this section as of June 7.) 

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