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

Spring 2008

E 314L • Reading Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34340 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
PAR 105
Bacon, C

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the methods, issues, and debates they are likely to encounter as English majors. We will concentrate our efforts on novels and short stories written by nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American women authors. We will consider how each of these texts shapes the field of women's writing, and we will question the coherence of that field as we describe its complexity. Issues including colonization, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality will inform our readings and discussions as students learn various approaches to the study and definition of a literary field. We will investigate the ways in which these women wrote as women, as well as the ways in which their writing upholds or challenges the prevailing culture norms of their historical moment.

This qualifies as a substantial writing component and students will be expected to write frequently to improve their critical and analytical skills. Students will write weekly informal reading journals, and two longer formal papers that will have a research component.

Grading Policy

Participation/Presentations: 10%
Weekly Journal Response: 20%
Midterm Paper: 30%
Final Paper: 30%


(Possible texts might include)
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, The Two Offers
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Radclyffe Hall, Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willows
Marita Bonner, A Possible Triad on Black Notes
Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
Jeanette Winterson, Gut Symmetries


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