WGS 393 • Feminist Theories in Comparative Literature
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course will provide an introduction to major theoretical texts and issues in feminist literary and cultural theory for graduate students in Comparative Literature and other fields who are familiar with more than one literary and/or cultural tradition. We will interweave close attention to theoretical texts with a consideration of literary texts from various critical perspectives, beginning with three twentieth-century narratives by women writers: Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Nella Larsen's Quicksand, and Assia Djebar's Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. We will then turn to texts selected by members of the class.
One twenty-minute oral report (10%) One five-page position paper (20%) One final ten-page paper (50%) Class participation (20%)
Feminisms: An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism. Ed. Robyn R. Warhol and Diane Price Herndl Virginia Woolf. A Room of One's Own/Three Guineas Simone de Beauvoir. The Second Sex. The Judith Butler Reader. Ed. Sara Salih Ellen Messer-Davidow. Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic Discourse Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway Nella Larsen. Quicksand. Assia Djebar. Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade or L'amour, la fantasia. All texts will be on two-hour reserve at PCL and available for purchase at the UT Coop