ENGLISH 314 - Gender and Sexuality Studies in Literature
Section: 001 Narratives of Girlhood
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course treats literary texts and criticism by and about women published in the U.S. since the 1980s. Focusing on the themes of history, memory, and identity, our comparative analyses of texts will pay particular attention to their use of style, form, structure, point of view, and voice to render a "girl's eye" presentation of these themes in contexts of (im)migration, displacement, sexual violence, revolution, and war. To one degree or another, each of our literary texts represents the formation of girlhood at the collision points of class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. We will conduct close readings of novels, short stories, and graphic narratives in order to explicate how they revision and remember the intersectional formation of gendered identities, taking care to historically contextualize the girlhoods that we treat.

Texts may include Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior, Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.

Course Requirements:

Active participation in class discussion, quizzes, short papers, online reading responses, group presentation, final paper.

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion

ENGLISH 314 - Gender and Sexuality Studies in Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9781608196265
Salvage the bones : a novel, Author: Ward, Jesmyn., Publisher: Bloomsbury 2013
ISBN: 0307278441
The bluest eye, Author: Morrison, Toni, 1931-, Publisher: Vintage Books 2016
ISBN: 9780060972455
Tracks : a novel, Author: Erdrich, Louise, Publisher: Harper Perennial 2011
ISBN: 9780618871711
Fun home : a family tragicomic, Author: Bechdel, Alison, 1960-, Publisher: Mariner Books 2007
ISBN: 9780375714832
The complete Persepolis, Publisher: Pantheon Books 2007
ISBN: 9780679721888
Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts., Author: Kingston, Maxine Hong., Publisher: Random House US 2010
ISBN: 9781880684948
What night brings : a novel, Author: Trujillo, Carla
ISBN: 9781250078414
If I was your girl, Author: Russo, Meredith,
ISBN: 9780812979657
The god of small things : a novel, Author: Roy, Arundhati,
ISBN: 9780826318282
Cani?cula : snapshots of a girlhood en la frontera, Author: Cantu?, Norma Elia, 1947-, Publisher: University of New Mexico Press 2002
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