English R1A

Reading and Composition: Performances of Identity

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Fall 2020 Ghosh, Srijani
MWF 2-3


             "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 performancs, 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 four 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.

Course texts (Students will have to buy the course reader and not individual plays, but I have provided the names of the plays that we'll read although I might replace a couple of them): A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen; A Doll's House, Part 2, by Lucan Hnath; The God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza; DIsgraced, by Ayad Akhtar 

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