English R1A

The Power of I: Literary Constructions of the Self

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
20 Fall 2010 Bednarska, Dominika
Bednarska, Dominika
MW 4-5:30 206 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Book List: Mary Karr, The Liar’s Club; Eli Clare, Exile & Pride; Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bullshit; Jamaica Kincaid, My Brother; Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body; Diane Hacker, Rules for Writers; David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly; Thea Hillman, Intersex (for lack of a better word).


What are the different ways that we come to understand first person narration?  How are different selves created and chosen through texts and textual choices?  How do issues of memory and claims to authenticity affect the way that we read different kinds of texts?  This course will focus on how the self is constructed in literary non-fiction but will also incorporate fiction, poetry and drama.  We will examine how different choices made by the author construct specific understandings of who the author (or narrator) is and the story which they are telling.  The first half of the course will focus on memory and the self and the second half on authenticity in relation to identity and the body.  

This course is aimed at developing reading and writing skills in a variety of genres. Students will learn and practice strategies for all stages of the writing process, from prewriting to revision, and also work on grammar, syntax, and style.

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