WOMENSTD 315 - Women and Literature
Section: 102 Early African American Women Writers
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
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).
Primary Instructor:

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).

WOMENSTD 315 - Women and Literature
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
102 (REC)
MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for WOMENSTD 315 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)