E 314L • Womens Popular Genres
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
E314L: Womens Popular Genres has a tradition of introducing students to literary study by tracing womens authorship through specific narrative genres and their roots. Our course will continue this tradition by joining genres from two variants of this course, romance and sentimentality with the gothic; this approach recognizes the complexity of womens texts and acknowledges the frequent combination of these genres in foundational womens texts and the rich traditions that followed.
In order to prepare students for the English major, we will explore this body of texts using historical, postcolonial, feminist, and textual methodologies. To better understand the defining features of genres and womens authorship, we will consider the gendering of romance and sentimentality as womens genres and how these draw on and intervene in the gothic narrative tradition.
Short papers and online assignments 40%
Midterm and final papers 40%
Oral panel presentation 10%
Attendance, class participation, and in-class quizzes 10%
Jane Eyre (1847), Charlotte Brontë
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
Iola Leroy (1892), Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
A Dark Lantern (1905), Elizabeth Robins
Cereus Blooms at Night (1996), Shani Mootoo
Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock
Imitation of Life, Jonathan Stahl