ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
Section: 102 Early African American Women Writers
Term: SP 2009
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Class Misc Info:
This course meets the American Literature and New Traditions requirement for the English major.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This course explores mostly 20th-century Anglo-American women's literature from the perspective of the various debates about gender in literary criticism. To what extent do these writers replicate, challenge, and negotiate gendered expectations? How is femininity/masculinity scripted in these works, and tied to race, class, and sexual preference? Discussing course works in light of social practice, literary convention, and historical circumstance (for instance, specific laws), students read and respond to works such as Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Nella Larsen's Passing, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, and Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street.

The class also creates its own anthology of women's poetry, as students (in pairs) introduce woman poets to the class. In addition to the poetry report, students keep a weekly journal of responses to class readings, write two (six-page) analytical papers, and take a final exam. Course reading may also include a Xeroxed packet of related readings, available at Excel (estimated cost @$10).

ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
102 (REC)
MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780192823007
The awakening and other stories, Author: Chopin, Kate., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2000
ISBN: 9780060916503
Their eyes were watching God : a novel, Author: Hurston, Zora Neale., Publisher: Perennial Library 1990
ISBN: 9780142437278
Passing, Author: Larsen, Nella., Publisher: Penguin 2003
ISBN: 0060174900
The Bell Jar, Author: Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 0679734775
The House on Mango Street, Author: Sandra Cisneros
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