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[Xmca-l] Re: Identity through "experiential texts"

Thanks for the suggestions, Greg, and also for recalling the prior XMCA discussion. 

Because my course is a compressed month-long experience, I'm ruling out books, limiting the academic contributions to shorter works--Stanton's piece might fit in nicely.


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Some suggestions, one popular and a few academic.

Popular: The Butterfly Effect (movie starting Ashton Kusher)

Academic, more accessible: Stanton Wortham's essay The Heterogenously Distributed Self

Academic, middling: Hyang-Jin Jung's book Learning to be an Individual:
Emotion and Person in an American Junior High School

Academic, more difficult: Vincent Colapietro's book Peirce's Approach to the Self: A Semiotic Perspective

Academic, much more difficult: Karl Marx's Chapter 1 of the Grundrisse.
This seems to me to be a fundamental articulation of the project (although it helps to read something of Smith's Wealth of Nations prior to this - but might not hurt to balance that with Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, esp. the "looking glass theory of the self" later developed by Charles Cooley... that reminds me that Goffman's Presentation of Self in Everyday Life is a classic piece that can do a lot of work, and Mead's I/me distinction as confused as it is can get students thinking about the thoroughly social nature of the self). Also, Marx's Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts - esp. passages on species being and the idea that "man [sic] is social when doing science" (or something like that).

Academic, don't go there: Hegel on Self-consciousness.

Some other stuff: Ken Gergen's Relational Self (2 books with that in the title), Bakhtin on consummation, Volosinov's Freudianism critique, Foucault on subjectification, Hacking on "making up people" (and/or "a historical ontology of ourselves").

Okay, now I've gone too far.

Love to hear what you are able to put together.

p.s. speaking of memory and the self, in doing a quick search for zoopoliticon [sic], I found this interesting XMCA post from a gentleman I don't remember:

On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 2:04 AM, David H Kirshner <dkirsh@lsu.edu> wrote:

> I'm preparing to teach a capstone graduate course for teachers-to-be 
> that includes a focus on identity.
> The major assignment is a Personal Literacy Portfolio in which 
> students compile, organize, and discuss artifacts of their past in 
> exploration of their identity. The rationale is that this 
> self-awareness of positioning facilitates engagement with students of diverse cultural locations.
> I'm asking for suggestions of course resources.
> Rather than a single course reader, I'm looking for "experiential 
> texts"-that is creative products in any medium that can help perturb 
> essentialist ideas of core identity in favor of a more complex, 
> poststructural view of identity as multiple and fragmented. Media can 
> include academic writing in psychology, sociology, philosophy; short 
> stories; poetry; film; works of art, etc.
> If you'd like to email me off-line 
> (dkirsh@lsu.edu<mailto:dkirsh@lsu.edu>),
> I'll send a compilation of all suggestions to XMCA.
> Below is a list of some experiential texts I'm already considering.
> David
> Walkerdine, V. (1990). Chapter 1: Sex, power and pedagogy. In V.
> Walkerdine (Ed.), Schoolgirl fictions(pp. 3-15). London: Verso. 
> Reprinted from Screen Education, 38, 14-24, 1981.
> PBS Video: http://www.pbs.org/program/nine-months-that-made-you/
> 9 Months That Made You   -  How a person's individuality is developed,
> including their sexuality
> Documentary on the life of a child kept without language for 13 years.
> https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/14/genie-feral-child-los-
> angeles-researchers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjZolHCrC8E
> Movie: Enemy  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enemy_(2013_film)
> The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as two men who are physically 
> identical, but different in terms of personality.
> Gee, J. P. (2001). Identity as an analytic lens for research in education.
> In W. G. Secada (Ed.), Review of Research in Education, 25 (pp. 3-56).
> Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association. [identity = 
> kind of person one is recognized as being]
> Stremmel, A., Burns, J., Nganga, C., & Bertolini, K. (2015). 
> Countering the essentialized discourse of teacher education. Journal 
> of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 36(2), 156-174. [discussed in 
> http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=20275]

Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
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Brigham Young University
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