English R1B

Reading and Composition: Reading and Rereading

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2020 Yniguez, Rudi
MWF 9-10

Book List

Austen, Jane: Emma; Doyle, Arthur Conan: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury; Nabokov, Vladimir: Pale Fire; Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Other Readings and Media

Other readings by Roland Barthes, Jorge Luis Borges, Emma Court, Vladimir Nabokov, and Patricia Meyer Stacks will be made available on bCourses.  We will also screen various film adaptations of texts read.  


According to Vladimir Nabokov, “one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.”  In this course, we will provide ourselves with the space to engage more deeply with texts through reading and rereading. We will do so to observe, analyze, and record what changes, what expands, and what might be lost in between the acts.  A variety of texts will lead to a variety of rationales and rewards for rereading: pleasure texts that continually heighten our investment, texts that withhold information to their ends (and beyond), texts that seem to spurn a first reader, and texts we may have read as children and approach now from a different vantage point.  To deepen our appreciation and understanding of this process, we will read a number of theoretical and critical works alongside our primary texts. These will present arguments for rereading as a political act, as a space of personal growth and reflection, and as an academic necessity. 

This course will allow for—and bring to the forefront of our learning experience—the space to focus on the rereading process necessary for critical written work.  Throughout and in between our acts of reading, we will continually work on our own acts of writing and rewriting.  

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