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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
34967 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ B0.302

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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