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Module Reading List

Writing Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Jay Prosser
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Texts for purchase (primary reading):  

Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin, 2019)    

Max Porter, Lanny, (McClelland & Stewart, 2019)    

Patricia Lockwood, No One is Talking About This (Bloomsbury, 2021)    

Fiona Benson, Vertigo and Ghost (Vintage, 2019)    

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Jason Allen-Paisant, Thinking with Trees (Carcanet Pres, 2021)     

Simon Armitage, The Unaccompanied (Faber, 2017)

Kimberly Campanello, MOTHERBABYHOME (Zimzalla, 2019)  

Zaffar Kunial, Us (Faber, 2018)

Ross Raisin, A Natural (Jonathan Cape, 2017)

Jay Prosser, Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality (Columbia University Press, 1998)

Ross Raisin, Read This If You Want to Be a Great Writer (Laurence King, 2018)


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Preparatory/wider reading:

 Angus Kennedy and James Paton, eds, From Self to Selfie: A Critque of Contemporary Froms of Alienation (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019)

Francis Fukuyama, Identity: Contemporary Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition (Profile, 2018)  

Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr., eds. Identities (Chicago University Press, 1995)

 Charles Taylor, The Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity (Harvard University Press, 1989)

Judith Butler, Senses of the subject (Fordham University Press, 2015)

Janelle Adsit, Critical Creative Writing: Essential Readings on the Writer's Craft (Bloomsbury, 2018)


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Theories of Selfhood: 

(by date; required reading marked with **; strongly recommended with *)

Michel de Montaigne, Essays (1580). (  : book 3, chapter 3, 'On Experience':  ed. and trans. J. M. Cohen, Penguin , 1958) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Jean Jacques Rousseau, Confessions (1782) (  : book 1.  ed. and trans. J. M. Cohen, Penguin, 1953) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva **

William Wordsworth, The Prelude (1850)

Karl Marx with Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology (1846), ‘Theses on Feuerbach’ . 

William James, The Principles of Psychology (1890) ( : chapter x, ‘The Consciousness of Self’ ) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva *

Sigmund Freud, The Ego and the Id (1923) ( : 1, ‘Consciousness and the Unconscious’; 2, ‘The Ego and the Id.’ ) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva **

Sigmund Freud, On metapsychology : the theory of psychoanalysis : 'Beyond the pleasure principle' 'The Ego and the id' and other works Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva ( 'The Ego and the Id' -- in this, chapter 2 only, also called 'The Ego and the Id.')**

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1949) (  : introduction) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva *

Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959)

Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (1967) ( chapter 5, ‘The Fact of Blackness’)  

Erik Erikson, Identity, Youth and Crisis (1968)

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1 (1976) (  : Vol. 1 (1976) Part 1, ‘We “Other Victorians.”’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva *

Edward Said, Orientalism (1978) ( : 'Introduction’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva *

Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985) (  : ‘12 A Matter of Identity’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva **

Jonathan Rutherford, ed. Identity : community, culture, difference (1990).

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990) (  : 3.iv. ‘Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions.’)  **

Cathy Caruth, Unclaimed experience : trauma, narrative, and history (1996)

Sherry Turkle, Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1995) (‘Introduction: Identity in the Age of the Internet’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Paul Gilroy, Between camps : nations, cultures and the allure of race (2000) (  : ‘Identity, Belonging, and the Critique of Pure Sameness.’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva *

Paul John Eakin, Living autobiographically : how we create identity in narrative (2008)

Barbara Johnson, Persons and things (2008)

Anna Poletti and Julie Rak, eds., Identity technologies : constructing the self online (2014)

Laurence Scott, The four-dimensional human : ways of being in the digital world (2015)

Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity (Profile, 2018)    

Will Storr, Selfie: How We Became Self-Obsessed and What it's Doing to Us (Picador, 2017).   

 Matthew D'Ancona, Identity, Ignorance, Innovation: why the old politics is useless (Hodder & Stoughton, 2021)     



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Books on Writing Identities

Brenda Miller, A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form (University of Michigan Press, 2021)

Alison Chisholm and Brenda Courtie, How to write about yourself : a practical guide to using your life experiences in autobiography, articles, stories and poetry  (Allison & Busby, 1999)

Vivian Gornick, The situation and the story : the art of personal narrative (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001)

Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir (Harper, 2016)    

Carl H. Kluas, A self made of words : crafting a distinctive persona in nonfiction writing (University of Iowa Press, 2013)

Deena Metzger, Writing for your life : a guide and companion to the inner worlds (HarperSanFrancisco, 1992)

 Bill Roorbach, Writing life stories : how to make memories into memoirs, ideas into essays, and life into literature (Writer's Digest Books, 2008)

Joe Moran, First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing . . . and Life (Penguin, 2019)

Writers and Artists Yearbook (2021)




This list was last updated on 08/12/2021