Spring 2020 Undergraduate English Courses

358:261 Introduction to Women Writers

01  TTH4  CAC    16181  MANGHARAM  MU-111

This course will examine how definitions of gender and sexuality are reproduced, negotiated and deployed through women’s literature on domestic work. We will ask: How is the economic value of women’s labor calculated differently from that of men? What circumstances constitute women's domestic labor, both paid and unpaid? How is global domestic labor gendered and organized? How are the household, the local, the national, the transnational, and the global articulated, entwined and gendered? How is global domestic work valued or devalued? In this course, we study literature by and about housewives and female domestic workers to rethink the material and textual power structures underlying the everyday life we take for granted. Reading will include feminist and economic theory, including Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Judith Butler, Marilyn Waring, and Marx, as well as literary texts such as Carol Shields’s Unless and Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us. We will also peruse relevant popular culture texts such as blogs, films, and TV shows.