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Composing the Self Required Texts

Online course documents and readings posted on Blackboard

  • Bolter, Jay David. “Writing the Mind.” Writing space: the computer, hypertext, and the history of writing. Hillsdale, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates, 1991. 207-222
  • Chang, Heewon. Autoethnography as Method. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2008.
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. “Letter to My Son.” The Atlantic. 4 July, 2015. Web.
  • Didion, Joan. “Why I Write.” New York Times Book Review. 5 Dec. 1976.
  • Gunner, Jeanne, and Doug Sweet. Grounds for Writers. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008: 5-23 (selected excerpts)
  • Harris, Anne M. “Ghost-Child.” On (writing) families: autoethnographies of presence and absence, love and loss. Jonathan Wyatt and Tony E. Adams. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2014. 69-75
  • Jones, Stacy Holdman, Tony Adams, and Carolyn Ellis. “Introduction: Coming to Know Autoethnography as More than a Method.” Handbook of Autoethnography. Eds. Jones, Adams, Ellis. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013. 17-47
  • King, Martin Luther Jr. “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. The Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. 24 Aug. 2011. Web.
  • Lamott, Anne. “Shitty First Drafts.” Language Awareness: Readings for College Writers. Ed. Paul Eschholz, Alfred Rosa, and Virginia Clark. 9th Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005: 93-96.
  • Lorde, Audre. “Chapter 10.” Zami: a new spelling of my name. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1998: 68-71
  • Murray, Donald. “Following the Voice of the Draft.” Autobiographical Writing Across the Disciplines. Eds. Diane Freedman and Olivia Frey. Durham: Duke UP, 2003. 129-137. Print
  • Noble, Oliver. “Wrestling’s new left-wing villain.” Vice News. 13 July, 2017. Web.
  • Ong, Walter J. “The Writer’s Audience is Always Fiction.” PMLA. 90:1 (Jan, 1975): 9-21.
  • Ronai, Carol Rambo. “My Mother is Mentally Retarded.” Composing Ethnography: Alternative Forms of Qualitative Writing. C. Ellis and A. Bochner. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press: 108-131
  • Sedaris, David. “i like guys.” Naked. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1997: 81-94. Print
  • Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue.” Originally published as “Under Western Eyes” in The Threepenny Review, 1990, pp 315-320.
  • Tillman-Healy, Lisa M. “A Secret Life in a Culture of Thinness.” Social construction: a reader. M. Gergen and KJ Gergan. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage: 78-88.
  • Vonnegut, Kurt. “How to Write With Style.” Palm Sunday New York: Dial Press, 1999: 65-72
  • Vowell, Sarah. “Shooting Dad.” 50 Essays: A portable anthology. 3rd Ed Samuel Cohen. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s: 412-419.
  • Wallace, David Foster “The Nature of Fun.” Uncollected and reposted by The Mark. PEN Center USA, Nov. 1, 2012. Web.