WGS 345 • WOMEN THROUGH LIFE CYCLE-W
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
In this course we will write and read about women's lives, using literary works and psychology and sociology as our base for exploring. In particular, we will examine four stages in a woman's life: 1) Childhood--growing into a person by first bonding with and then separating from parents, 2) Youth--achieving self-identity and living the dreams of love and romance, 3) Adulthood--achieving fulfillment through marriage, motherhood and career, 4) Old Age--continuing to grow despite declining prospects created by aging or living alone. For each stage we will discuss at least one award-winning autobiography, biography, or literary work. And we will write in response to each stage. PAPERS: Students will write four papers: Paper one: a short vignette (2-3 pages) of childhood or adolescence, encourages students to write with a vibrant and expressive voice about one event in their youth. Paper two: allows students to create a "sense of place" or "sense of person" by exploring (in about 4-5 pages) their childhoods either through describing the physical, and/or communal surroundings of childhood or by creating objective portraits of parents. Paper three: draws a profile (about 5-7 pages) of a career woman whose life is worthy of emulation. This profile will involve interviewing, perhaps sharing a day with the woman, and photo-journalism. Paper four: analyzes a fictional woman character in a short piece (about 3 pages). Other work: In addition to these papers, students will write several journal entries in response to their reading and in preparation for class discussion, and some class periods will be devoted to writing workshops in which peers offer advice about papers.