The First Person – Update

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14 May 2010

“The First Person” course syllabus reading list is taking shape.  It’s really fun to assemble this, thanks for all your suggestions. So far:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolano
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
King by John Berger
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price
Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

One or two more will be added, possibly some of these exchanged.  The working list is four times this length!  Difficult, but fun, to choose.

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5 Responses to “The First Person – Update”

  1. Lisa N.R. Says:

    There’s always Pale Fire, for the creepy, unreliable first person narrator!

    • sonyachung Says:

      I just started flipping through that, actually! I wonder if it’s too creepy and “out there” for undergrads — though I loved Invitation to a Beheading when I was in college. Maybe it’s too creepy and “out there” for me.

  2. margosita Says:

    I love this list! Can I take your class, too?

    • sonyachung Says:

      Margaret, that would be great — the more the merrier!

      Indu, great suggestion. The nice thing about this course is I think I’ll be teaching it more than once, so I can try different texts.

  3. indu Says:

    Hi Sonya. How about The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford?


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