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

Fall 2007

E 314L • Women's Popular Genres

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34965 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
ras 310

Course Description

Romance, Sentimentality, and Resistance--
"Books continue each other," Virginia Woolf remarked in A Room of One's Own. "E 314L: Women's Popular Genres" will carry on Woolf's project, exploring connections across time and genre in women writers and their writing by recovering, connecting, and celebrating women's voices. In this course we will trace the popular themes of romance, sentiment, and resistance in essays, poems, short stories, and novels from the early Renaissance period until today. The methods we will use to investigate these texts include feminist and postcolonial theories, and historical, textual, and close reading methodologies to familiarize the student with literary interpretation and writing.

Grading Policy

60%--Three six-page papers
20%--Three prospecti and literature reviews
10%--Weekly one-page writing assignments
10%--Three group projects


Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze. Eliza Haywood, 1725
Belinda. Maria Edgeworth, 1801
Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte, 1847
Uncle Tom's Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852
The Awakening. Kate Chopin, 1899
Imitation of Life (film). Douglas Sirk, 1959
The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood, 1988


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