WRPR 101A 01,02 Finding A Voice: Identity, Environment, and Intellectual Inquiry
MW 12:45-2:15; 2:15-3:45
This course considers students fluid relationship to identities that they examine, explore, and take on through course materials. We begin by examining how difference is perceived/obscured/challenged and/or bridged in constructions of identity. We then consider how identities exist in the physical environment and how environment affects these identities. In particular, we will look closely at the debate concerning hydraulic gas fracturing, or fracking. Haverford Colleges location in Pennsylvania, home of the Marcellus Shale and location of many fracking sites, makes this topic especially relevant. The different positions that experts have taken in the debate about fracking serve as a model, finally, for students to enter another scholarly debate within an area of interest in a possible prospective major. In this later stage of the course, students try on the identity of a major and examine how to think and write like someone in that prospective major. This course involves significant reading, writing, and research. You will learn how to move between several different kinds of writing: from writing to express yourself to writing to communicate with an audience, to take a position on a written text, to create arguments and counter-arguments, to learn scholarly research skills, to learn interview and presentation skills, and to develop your own voice through your writing and speaking in order to participate more fully in the work of intellectual inquiry. This is a first-semester course with individual tutorials that prepares students for a second semester writing seminar. Prerequisite: Open only to members of the first-year class as assigned by the Director of College Writing.
WRPR 155A001 Origin Stories: Initiations, Identities, and Indigenous Imaginations
In this course we will read a range of origin stories -- creation narratives, memoirs, alter/native accounts of settler colonialism, and trickster tales -- that delineate constructions of identity and constitutions of community with a focus on the ways in which writers and artists represent ongoing “encounters” between indigenous and imperial cultures. We will begin with a series of origin stories ranging from Eduardo Galeano’s compilation of South and North American creation narratives to Hope Nicholson’s collection of contemporary cartoonists’ takes on trickster tales that delineate the ways in which individuals and communities contend with transformative change. We will then move to a pair of memoirs – M. Scott Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain and Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave that delineate the interrelation between personal, familial, communal, and colonial histories. We will finish the semester with Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Islands of Decolonial Love – both formally inventive work that play with genres ranging from the lyric to the epic to speculative fiction as a means of offering new ways of understanding history and imagining the future. Our discussions will be organized around a set of interrelated questions: what values, concerns, and cultural points of orientation are established in and through origin stories? What role do cultural productions play in framing cultural ideologies and creating sites for reflection, contestation, and/or change? What is at stake in acts of reading, interpretation, analysis, and critical confrontation? How do we understand our own critical and material situation in these histories; what roles or responsibilities do we have as critical and creative agents?
WRPR 167A Globalization and Culture in the 21st Century
The primary goal of this course is to challenge students as academic readers, writers and thinkers while providing support for continuous growth. We will define and explore global interconnectedness from multiple disciplinary perspectives - political, economic, etc. - but will focus primarily on various complex social and cultural dimensions of globalization including local/global tensions, Westernization, cultural borrowing, cultural imperialism, cultural exploitation, tourism, and pop culture (music, movies, etc.), as analyzed in ethnographies set in various locations around the world. Most of these locations will be outside the US, and we will include a particular case study of Japan. We will consider questions like: Is there a global village? How does the nation-state matter both more and less in a globalized world? How does globalization impact existing socioeconomic inequalities? Who benefits from increasing global interdependence and who does not, and why? This is a first-semester course with individual tutorials that prepares students for a second-semester writing seminar. Prerequisite: Open only to members of the first-year class as assigned by the Director of College Writing.