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

Spring 2006

E 314L • Women's Popular Genres

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32688 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 204

Course Description


E 314L is a substantial writing component course designed to introduce students to women's literature. We will focus on popular genres, including the sentimental, the gothic and the romance. Although English majors are welcome to take this course, it is not restricted to those pursuing a degree in English. On the most fundamental level, the course is designed to enhance your understanding of a variety of texts and improve your critical reading and writing skills. Students will read and interpret primary texts, but will also be trained to effectively employ critical material in their own arguments and recognize the various types of critical discourse.

This course is organized around pairings of novels from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: each twentieth century novel revises or responds to issues raised in the nineteenth century novel. We will examine the ways in which women's writing has been marketed and portrayed as well as how women's genres and identities have been constructed in literary history, paying particular attention to issues of race and gender. As this is a computer-assisted section, we will also be using basic technology in the classroom, including internet resources, Dreamweaver and Powerpoint.

Grading Policy

*Two short response papers (2-3 pages each) with detailed discussion questions 15%
*Posts to blog 5%
*Midterm paper (3-5 page critical analysis) 20%
*Group presentation and individual response (2-3 pages) 15%
*Close Reading (2 pages) 5%
*Final Paper (4-6 page comparative analysis) 30%
*Participation and Reading Quizzes 10%


*Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
*Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
*Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
*Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
*Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
*Octavia Butler, Kindred

*Course packet of contextual readings (available at Jenn's copies on the Drag), handouts, web resources.


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