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

Spring 2006

E 322 • Italian Women Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33430 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CAL 215

Course Description

This course will focus on six Italian women writers--some proclaimed feminists, others not--from well-established literary figures, to the lesser-known representatives of a new generation of intellectuals.

We will study the novels from the point of view of genre as well as theme and style, and explore the way in which these writers have exploited established literary techniques and conventions to confront concerns specific to them as women in a distinct historical and political situation.

The class will be conducted as a seminar, so a great deal of student participation is expected. There will be no passive reading in this course--students will be asked to adopt an active critical stance, ask questions and formulate personal interpretations of the text.

Grading Policy

One 3-5 pp. paper (plus rewrite) and three 6-7 pp. papers 60%
One exam 20%
Quizzes and class participation 20%


Sibilla Aleramo, A Woman
Anna Banti, Artemisia
Anna Maria Ortese, The Iguana
Fabrizia Ramondino, Althénopis
Francesca Duranti, The House on Moonlake
Dacia Maraini, Voices
Recommended: a current English style/grammar handbook


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