What defines who we are and who we may become? How do class, gender, race, sexuality, and other social forces shape our identities? In what ways are our identities inherent or constructed, claimed or ascribed? In this course, we explore these and similar questions through the work of creative and critical writers, artists, and thinkers. We study key concepts such as double consciousness, intersectionality, and performativity. We consider how social dynamics, power, and privilege affect the language we use and the lives we live. All along, through writing and research assignments and class discussions, we examine and interpret visual, literary, and critical texts in an effort to define, together, what identity is and why it matters.
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Reading the Visual
Student research papers from Writing Identity are featured in this REMAKE project on close reading.Check out the project
Campbell named 2022 Outstanding Writing Instructor
Tarrell Campbell took home the award for Outstanding Writing Instructor at the 2022 First Year Finale.
Research Tips from Researching Identity Panelists
Panelists gave tips for dealing with the unexpected, managing your time, and making sources work for you.Read the panelists' advice
Researching Identity: A panel discussion
After discussing the influence their backgrounds have had on their research, panelists gave tips, advice and insights on conducting and writing academic research.Watch the panel recording