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

Spring 2006

E 314L • Reading Women Writers (CANCELLED)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32685 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Course Description


In this course, we will be reading texts by British women writing over the course of 600 years--from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century--as we consider several questions: Why do women write? What is the relationship between women's and men's writing? And how does women's writing fit into the traditional "canon" of British literature? We will approach these texts by considering biographical, historical, and cultural contexts and also by utilizing various critical methods for literary analysis, in addition to close reading. An introduction to the English major, this course is designed to strenghten each student's ability to read texts critically and write about them.

Because this is a substantial writing component course, much of your grade will be determined by the quality of your written work, including two short response papers and two longer critical essays. As part of the introduction to the English major, we will discuss types of academic writing and learn to conduct library research and document sources based on conventions in the field. Over the course of the semester, we will become familiar with the technology available in our computer-assisted classroom, and you will use this equipment in a presentation that will complement our reading.

Grading Policy

2 Short Response Papers (2 pages each) 15%
Midterm Paper (5-7 pages) 25%
Final Paper (7-10 pages) 30%
Presentation/Lead Class Discussion 10%
Reading Journal Postings 10%
Participation, Reading Quizzes 10%


Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion
A recent British novel we'll select as a class


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