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

Fall 2008

WGS 301 • READING WOMEN WRITER'S- W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48674 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 308
KILGORE, J

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the methods, issues, and debates they are likely to encounter as English majors. It will do this through the lens of women's writing, especially writing from nineteenth and twentieth century Britain and America. Along the way, well discuss what it means to be a "woman writer" and how the writers we examine both define themselves and contribute to the field. A major component of our reading will be an investigation of the ways in which this writing upholds or challenges the prevailing values of its historical moment. This is a substantial writing component course, which will sharpen reading and writing skills through short and long papers. Students will keep a brief reading response log, write five one-page papers, and produce two five-page papers. These writings will not only give students the skills they need to succeed in future English courses, but also the skills of good critical thinking.

Texts

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own George Eliot, Mill on the Floss Edith Wharton, Summer Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm Eudora Welty, The Optimists Daughter Katharine Weber, The Little Women With shorter pieces by Anne Bradstreet, Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Flannery OConnor, Sylvia Plath, Tillie Olsen, and Maxine Hong Kingston, along with critical essays.

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