Freshman Seminar: “The Literature of Human Rights.”

Instructor of Record – Spring 2018.

This seminar asks what it means to write in the face of tragedy, to bear witness to disaster, to narrate the unspeakable. Students work across the particularizing language of literature and the universalizing rhetoric of high law to analyze how literary notions of the human and the global have shaped contemporary political discourse.  In addition to smaller case studies from around the globe, the course centers on South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, engaging novels, memoirs and poetry alongside journalistic testimony and official discourse to consider how artistic production shapes our contemporary understandings of humanity and human rights.

Expository Writing: “Global Englishes, Local Identities.”

Instructor of Record – Winter 2017, Spring 2018.

This class uses the question of what constitutes proper English to explore the relationship between language and power. As students develop their writing abilities, they come to see American academic writing as one among many forms of English. By questioning our notions of “standard English” and “proper usage,” we work to uncover the ways language operates within and against oppressive cultural and socioeconomic structures – and how individual authors reclaim the language in their own voices.

 

Teaching Assistant2014-2015
  • “Introduction to Fiction”
  • “American Literary Traditions I”
  • Led discussion sections, helped design assignments

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