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Spring 2012 Undergraduate English Courses: Special Topics

351:265 Introduction to the Study of Women Writers

01 TTH5 CAC 72098 KING FH-A3
02 TF2 CAC  78395  MANGHARAM  SC-102

This course same as 988:265

01-Bernard Shaw believed that most nineteenth-century women wanted nothing more than to get married. This course will attempt to prove him wrong. We will examine female novelists, poets, and social critics of nineteenth-century England who were themselves evidence against Shaw's dim view of women and who created literary heroines to advance the changing role of women in both the domestic and public spheres. We will explore the role of women in nineteenth-century England and in nineteenth-century British literature, and the ways in which this critical period for the emergence of the female novelist and the female hero continues to influence writers of today.

Our reading list will include works from Jane Austen, Anne Bronte, Virginia Woolf and others, and the requirements for the course will include two papers, an exam, weekly writing assignments, and participation in class discussions.

 

02-Introduction to Global Women's Writing
What does it mean to be a woman? Do women all across the world experience their gender in the same way? In this course we will examine a corpus of literature written by women from Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent to understand the multiple ways in which they negotiate the gender norms of their society. We will also engage with diverse articulations of sexuality and desire as they interact with race, class and culture and consider the relationship of these texts to the English canon. Texts range from Dominican writer Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea to Moroccan novelist Fatima Mernissi’s Dreams of Trespass and Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India as well as critical essays from transnational/postcolonial feminist theory.