Seeking texts (books, movies, TV, articles, etc.) about authenticity
April 17, 2013 12:02 AM Subscribe
I'm preparing to teach an honors-level college composition class themed around authenticity. What are some cool texts (in any media) that I can show my students to get them thinking about different aspects of authenticity?
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In the fall, I'll be teaching an honors-level composition class for college freshmen, with an overarching class theme of authenticity. I have free rein over the texts I select for the class, and I want to provide my students with a variety of examples using different kinds of media - books/films/TV/articles/Youtube/podcasts/etc. I would really appreciate any help or advice that you could give me in figuring out a wide range of texts to show my students.
To give you an idea, some of the sources that my colleagues and I have discussed using are Cheryl Strayed's Wild (thinking about how Strayed is trying to access a more 'authentic' self), Catfish (the movie or the TV show), sources about the James Frey controversy (talking about whether fiction within nonfiction is acceptable, and to what extent). One of my particular interests is pop culture (I'm tempted to use Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, for example, to talk about how/whether the show is 'authentically' southern, and how real reality TV is anyway), so anything in that vein would be really cool.
The sources can be highbrow or lowbrow. They can be directly talking about authenticity, or just related in some way to the idea of what is 'real' and what isn't. I'm particularly looking for resources that are easily-accessed for free, though I'd also be open to cheaply-available sources that I can easily photocopy or otherwise distribute.
Thanks so much in advance for any ideas you may have!