English R1B

Reading and Composition: Self-Multiplicity and Bildung

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Spring 2021 Yniguez, Rudi
MWF 12-1

Book List

Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre; Burney, Frances: Evelina; Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe; Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations; Rushdie, Salman: Midnight's Children

Other Readings and Media

Other readings by R.D. Laing, Alex Woloch, Martin Marprelate, James Holstun, Judith Butler, Bruce Robbins


How does a first-person narrator relate and relate to herself as a character amongst other characters? How is the narration of one’s individual growth dependent upon a synchronization with and outpacing of the environment that has produced oneself? What kinds of violence are imposed by the first-person narrator upon his surroundings to make them fit within a novel? What about violence he imposes upon himself?  In this class we will be accounting for what is lost and what is reproduced in the making of a hero and in writing about oneself.  Doing so will directly implicate the writing we do within the class into the political, psychological, and literary systems we will learn to identify, conceptualize, and respond to as we read the writings of others.

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