English R1A

Reading and Composition: (Un)Belonging Bodies & Citizenship

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Fall 2019 Cho, Jennifer
MWF 1-2 7 Evans

Book List

Morrison, Toni: The Bluest Eye; Okada, John: No-No Boy; Vuong, Ocean: On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous

Other Readings and Media

Film: Jordan Peele's Get Out

Course reader (working list): Benito Cereno, by Herman Melville, select poems by Walt Whitman, excerpts from Walden Pond, by Henry Thoreau, W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, Gloria Anzaldua's La Mestiza/The Borderlands, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dicteé, Claudia Rankine's Citizen, select stories from Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties 


Our bodies—even if we might claim them as our own—are far from neutral, as they carry embedded signals, texts, and even silences that reflect our multiple social positionings. This course explores narratives of embodiment, considering how bodies can reflect certain ideals of the nation, whether through self-desire, discipline, or forced submission. In particular, we will untangle the normative paradigms of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion that feed into the American imagination, while finding openings for resistance, alternate expressions of identity, and community.

Students will compose regular short responses to readings in addition to a series of formal writing assignments (essays that practice close reading, critical analysis, argumentation supported by evidence, and rhetorical appeals).

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

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