Fall 2022

The Fictions of Race

Listed in: English, as ENGL-229


Victor W. Yang (Section 01)


In this course, we will explore, through the reading and writing of fiction, our own personal journeys toward understanding race in America. Recognizing that these journeys are filled with myths, messiness, and mistakes, and that the truest stories are not always politically or socially comfortable to tell, we will look inward, rather than calling out. Together, we will create worlds on the page that are true to us and the people we love. Readings will draw from contemporary American writers of fiction and non-fiction such as Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, ZZ Packer, Danielle Evans, Ta-Nahisi Coates, Hilton Als, Jenny Zhang, Alexander Chee, and Anthony Veasna So. There will be very frequent writing, both through low-stakes reflections and in writing workshop with our peers.

Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Postdoctoral Fellow Yang.

How to handle overenrollment: the instructor will strive to achieve representativeness in terms of background, gender, major, class year, etc.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, oral presentations, group work, artistic work.

ENGL 229 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CHAP 210
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CHAP 210


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2024