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

Spring 2005

E 314L • Reading Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31360 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 102

Course Description


This course will explore cross-culturally the impact of feminism on literary studies through the analysis of texts by women writers. A discussion on colonialism will be the focus of the course. We will investigate how the canon of literary study has undergone a change by the “feminist recovery” of writing by women. The course will introduce students to feminist issues for the study of genre, colonization, political and social context, and the formal elements of literary texts. The course will examine the contexts of writing by women across cultures, and their audiences who have created the opportunities for women writers. We will focus on the relation between gender and categories of class, race, caste, faith, and sexuality, as well as the role of women’s writings in the histories of their societies, and the building of national and international consciousness. We will also consider how women’s writing has strengthened feminism as a global social movement. Films will reinforce the texts.

Grading Policy

Two (3-page) papers 15% each
One (6-page) paper 25%
One (8-10-page) final project 25%
Attendance and class participation 20%


(some texts may be added or replaced)
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Bapsi Sidhwa, The American Brat
Saira Shah, The Storyteller’s Daughter

The Color Purple or Pride and Prejudice
Fire or alternative


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