ENGL 494 B: Honors Seminar


Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
LOW 114
Louis Chude-Sokei

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Identity (Louis Chude-Sokei)

 	In October of last year, The New York Times declared 2015 “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.”  
Clearly this obsession over identity—however formulated or articulated—is hardly a new one, nor was 2015 a moment of greater crisis than other years one could trace back to the very beginning of this country (not to mention the madness of 2016).  What the article does make clear, though, is that some had mistakenly assumed that the American obsession with identity had somehow gone away in the first place.  The article is correct to point out that there has been an intense uptick in public conversation around this ever fluctuating thing called “identity,” whether in racial terms, sexual, geographical or technological; and there has been a fairly relentless outpouring of texts engaging our changing notions of and responses to it.  

This class is about some of these works, which is to 
say that it is about the varied uses and abuses of identity at this moment in American and world history.

Texts may include: 
Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny—Amartya Sen
Enigmas of Identity--Peter Brooks
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers—Anthony Appiah
In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong—Amin Malouf
Undoing Gender—Judith Butler
Catalog Description: 
Survey of current issues confronting literary critics today, based on revolving themes and topics. Focuses on debates and developments affecting English language and literatures, including questions about: the relationship of culture and history; the effect of emergent technologies on literary study; the rise of interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Honors Course
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 10:40pm