English | Intro to Writing & the Study of Literature: Vertigo
L141 | 21096 | Crawford
•21096 2:30-3:20pm TR WH 120 CRAWFORD
•21098 12:20-1:10pm MW TBA
•21099 11:15-12:05pm MW TBA
•21100 12:20-1:10pm MW TBA
•21101 1:25-2:15pm MW BH 137
•21102 2:30-3:20pm MW JH A105
This course examines the whirling and tilting we all feel as we move
through transitions, different identities, and different sites that
locate and dislocate. We will read a wide range of drama, novels,
and poetry foregrounding issues of identity shifting. Our core focal
points will be: identity as performative, identity as writing on the
body, identity as a process of travel, identity as the blues,
identity and the underground, and identity as the intersections of
gender, class, race, sexuality, nationality, and region.
We will read Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Jean
Paul Sartre's No Exit, Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy, Margaret
Edson's Wit, Sherman Alexie's Reservation Blues, and Fyodor
Dostoevsky's Notes fromUnderground.
There will be three or four writing assignments (of varied length)
and a final exam. Writing instruction will emphasize brainstorming,
analysis, revision, and how to combine all these in polished essays.