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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
33700 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
PAR 310

Course Description

In this course, students will be introduced to women writers in English 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 texts. 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, students will write two essays and twelve to fifteen short in-class assignments. 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 (5-7 pages) 30%
Essay II (5-7 pages) 30%
Final Essay Exam 20%
Short in-class writing assignments 20%


Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe
Queen Elizabeth, various selections
Anne Bradstreet, various selections
Mary Astell, various selections
Eliza Haywood, "Fantomina"
Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindications of the Rights of Woman
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Mary Shelley, "Mortal Immortal"
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Emily Dickinson, various selections
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Zora Neale Hurston, "Sweat"
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own


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