Reviewed by Michael Pak, University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu
In first-year writing courses, I am often asked whether or not using first person pronouns are allowed. Behind this question are usually years of strict writing rules that forbid using “I” in academic writing. Instead of pro- viding a simple answer to the question, I respond that it depends on the rhetorical situation. If there is an important reason to include yourself in the discourse—e.g., oral histories and personal essays—then using “I” makes perfect sense.