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

Spring 2010

E 314L • Reading Women Writers-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34035 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
GAR 2.128

Course Description

In this class we will look at the work of twentieth-century women writers from around the world. We will examine work by poets and fiction writers who were marginalized because of their race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. In this course we will look at the historical and cultural situations against which the writers were reacting and introduce basic critical methodologies to provide a framework for our discussions. Because of the inclusion of translated texts, we will briefly explore the complexity of reading translations. Throughout the class we will focus on formal skills such as close reading, especially the differences between reading poetry and fiction.

As an introductory English course, this class will help you to develop academic writing and research skills. To fulfill the substantial writing component to this class, you will write three essays and several one-page assignments. You will have the opportunity to critique others' work and receive their input on your writing during two peer reviews. The final essay will be a research essay that will showcase your research abilities. You will also prepare a fifteen-minute in-class presentation to introduce one of the authors we will be examining and lead a class discussion about that author.

Grading Policy

Essay 1 (4-5 pp.): 15% Essay 2 (4-5 pp.): 15% Essay 3 (5-7 pp.): 25% Presentation/Handout: 10% Short Assignments (1-page each): 30% Peer Reviews: 5%


Nella Larsen, Quicksand Diana Chang, Frontiers of Love Zitkala-Sa, selection from American Indian Childhood Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things Hanan al-Shaykh, "I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops" Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart CecĂ­lia Meireles, Selected poems Elizabeth Bishop, Selected poems Anna Akhmatova, Selected poems


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