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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2009

T C 302 • Emerging Selves: The Autobiographical Impulse in Women's Writing - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43715 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
CRD 007B

Course Description

Writers have always employed an ingenious array of narrative strategies to construct and project their sense of an autobiographical self, but historically that task has entailed an additional cultural challenge for women writers worldwide. Although members of the class may have read individual titles before, they will now have the opportunity to read them critically within the context of other women's writing—itself perhaps a first-time experience.

Grading Policy

Class discussion and 2 oral reports—25%
2 short papers (each 4-5 pp.) and a seminar paper (10-12 pp. + prospectus)--75%
Attendance at University Lecture Series—required for course credit


Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)
Harriet E. Wilson, Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (1859)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1899)
May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude (1973)
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1975)
Sandra Cisneros, House on Mango Street (1983)
bell hooks, Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood (1984)
Elva Trevino Hart, Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child (1999)

About the Professor

With graduate degrees from Stanford University and UCLA, Professor Carol MacKay specializes in Victorian fiction, Women's Studies, and autobiography. She is the author of Soliloquy in Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the editor of Dramatic Dickens, which grew out of her 1986 international conference here at UT on Dickens and the theatre. The winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding New Teacher in 1981 and the Harry Ransom Teaching Award in 1992, Professor MacKay was elected to the Distinguished Teaching Academy in 2003. Her most recent book is entitled Creative Negativity: Four Victorian Exemplars of the Female Quest. She loves to swim at Barton Springs Pool, and she confesses to being an ailurophile.


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