Identity and Narrative

Spring 2019 Honors first-year seminar

Only 15 seats - with Lesha Greene
Fridays, noon-1 p.m.

Narrative and identity are permanently linked. How does a story change when it is told using the personal ‘I’ instead of the omniscient ‘he/she/they’, or, the more abstract ‘you’? Explore the concept of identity, and the stories you tell about yourself and others, using different narrative voices. You'll also write your own identity-exploring works of both fiction and nonfiction.

You will get to vote on the core text for the course:

  • Italo Calvino. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979)
  • Aye Kwei Armah. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968)
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Americanah (2014)