In this course, students will read and discuss Mohsin Hamid’s novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Representation of the self and the presentation of the other will be a theme throughout the course. We will identify and explore the use of autobiography to answer questions about key personal moments in one’s life. In addition to our discussions, students will participate in a writer’s workshop where they use the text as a structural model to explore writing their own narratives. Through these writing activities and our discussions of the novel, we will consider the position of the individual in society, and the ways that others’ preconceived notions shape individuals’ perceptions and presentations of themselves in contemporary society.