This selection from Sandra Cisneros' novel The House on Mango Street explores identity through the lenses of family, culture, and language. The character of Esperanza wishes for a different name, one more fitting to her personality. How can fiction allow us to better understand who we are?
This Crash Course video explores the impact of social development on identity. What perspective does sociology bring to the idea of identity? How does the interaction between nature and nurture create the construct of identity?
This poem by Chen Chen, like the piece by Cisneros, explores the impact of both culture and family on the creation of identity. How does poetry help us understand a concept like identity in a new way?
In this TEDTalk, how does philosopher Julian Baggini draw from the field of both philosophy and neuroscience to look for answers to the question of identity?
This incredibly interesting philosophical theory of character, rooted in an analysis of character in literature, explores identity as connected to creations of characters in literature and our own beliefs about them. Are characters created by traits? Free will? A sense of agency? A presence of identity that transcends the individual himself? How does philosophy help us understand the concept of identity?