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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 314L • Reading Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34480 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
PAR 210

Course Description

In this course, you will be introduced to British women writers from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. As a class, we will consider how writing technologies and literary genres influenced the production of texts by female authors. We will think about how women's writing developed in relation to male authorship and the British literary "canon" as well. This course will ask students to develop close reading skills and introduce them to a variety of critical methodologies to analyze text. We will also explore biographical, historical, and cultural influences and their impact upon these writers and their works.

To fulfill the substantial writing component element of the course, you will write two essays and a variety of short in-class assignments. Each student will prepare a presentation, bibliography, and class discussion about a particular author. Please note there will be a final exam as well. As this is an introductory English course, we will also focus on the development of academic writing and how to use library resources.

Grading Policy

Essay I (4-5 pages) 20%
Essay II (5-7 pages) 25%
Class Presentation 25%
Final Essay Exam 20%
Short in-class writing assignments 10%


Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe
Aemilia Lanyer, various selections
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
Eliza Haywood, various selections
Frances Burney, Evelina and short selections from Diaries and Letters
Mary Wollstonecraft, selections from Vindications of the Rights of Woman
Jane Austen, Persuasion and short selections from Letters
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
Anne Bronte, Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own and To the Lighthouse


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