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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2006

WGS 392 • Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49790 TH
11:30 AM-2:30 PM
SSW 2.134
Gilbert, Dorie

Course Description

Foundations III course This course is a resource-rich writing workshop for feminist academic writers. It is a required course for students about to embark on their master's thesis or report in Women's and Gender Studies. Students in other programs can use the course to develop research projects such as a master's thesis or report, a dissertation prospectus or chapter, a policy report, a conference paper or a journal article. The first part of the semester will be spent familiarizing ourselves with different genres of feminist academic writing, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach from the perspective of designing a research project. Next, we will visit and use the three world-famous research collections here at UT, the Perry-Casteneda Library, the Benson Latin American Collection, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. During the third section of the course we will read the work of some feminist scholars at UT and then discuss with each how she or he got the idea for, carried out, wrote up, and found a publisher for that particular piece of research. Finally, students will present their own research questions, based on the proposal they will write, in an oral presentation at the end of the semester. Students can expect to complete the class with an annotated bibliography and 10-15 pages of narrative writing on a topic they will have developed during the semester a good start on a master's thesis, dissertation prospectus, or publishable article.

Grading Policy

10%: 2-3 page methodological analysis of one of the readings 20%: 10-12 page annotated bibliography with source evaluation 40%: 10-15 page chapter or thesis proposal Note: Assignments 1-3 will all be peer edited in class, revised by the writer, and turned in to the instructor in revised form with all drafts. 10%: Oral research presentation 20%: A weekly reading journal that will be evaluated in two one-on-one conferences with the instructor, one during Week V of the semester and one during Week XIV.


Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (12.95) Ellis and Bochner, Composing Ethnography: Alternative Forms of Qualitative Writing (26.95) Richardson, Writing Strategies: Reaching Diverse Audiences (17.95) Antler et al, The Challenge of Feminist Biography (17.95) Latina Feminist Group, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (22.95) Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (22.95) Holloway, Passed On: African-American Mourning Stories: A Memorial (24.95) Articles by visiting scholars, to be made available during the semester


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