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

Spring 2007

E 314L • Reading Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33705 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
BEN 1.104

Course Description

In this course, we will be reading texts by British women writing over the course of 800 years--from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century--as we consider several questions: Why do women write? What is the relationship between women's and men's writing? And how does women's writing fit into the traditional "canon" of British literature? We will approach these texts by considering biographical, historical, and cultural contexts and also by utilizing various critical methods for literary analysis, in addition to close reading. An introduction to the English major, this course is designed to strengthen students' ability to read texts critically and write about them as we address this topic.

Because this is a substantial writing component course, much of your grade will be determined by the quality of your written work, including two short response papers and two longer critical essays. As part of the introduction to the English major, we will discuss types of academic writing and learn to conduct library research and document sources based on conventions in the field.

Grading Policy

2 short response papers (2 pages each) 20%
Midterm paper (5-7 pages) 25%
Final paper (7-10 pages) 35%
Presentation 10%
Participation, reading quizzes 10%


Marie de France, Lais
Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
Mary Hays, Memoirs of Emma Courtney
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion
A recent British novel we'll select as a class


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