Introduces students to the work of women writers and the importance of gender as a category of literary analysis. Issues covered may include: images of women in literature by women and men; impediments women writers have faced; women's writing in historical/social context; feminist literature; intersections of race, class and gender. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.
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Fall Semester informationSusan Hahn
264A: Women & Lit:Topics: Women, Writing, a Space
In this class we will read 10-12 short novels by women from diverse experiences, such as Joy Kogawa (Obasan), Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye), Helena Miria Viramontes (Under the Feet of Jesus) and Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre). This class is loosely shaped around the themes of the three words in the title, Women, Writing, a Space. From Virginia Woolf's notion that every women needs a "room of her own" in order to write, to Viramontes description of the homelessness of migrant farm working women and their families, to Kogawa's novel about the forced "relocation" of Japanese families during the second world War, we will explore through fiction how women are silenced by not having "a space"-and how women find both a literal space and a voice through writing. We will explore how writing itself often becomes a space for women.
Spring Semester informationNicole Lobdell
264A: Women & Lit:Topics: Female Gothic
In 1976, Ellen Moers used the phrase "Female Gothic" to describe "the work that women writers have done in the literary mode that, since the eighteenth century, we have called the Gothic. But what I mean -- or anyone else means -- by 'the Gothic' is not so easily stated except that it has to do with fear." In this course, we will trace that fear from the 18th century to the present, examining its manifestations in the settings (from the haunted castle to the suffocating domestic), characters, and narratives. This course will have several goals: to read closely and widely works of the Female Gothic tradition, to analyze the tropes and motifs of that tradition, and to define for today the term "Female Gothic," which has been challenged recently by more contemporary ones such as "women's Gothic" and "Gothic feminism." Possible writers include Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne du Maurier, Margaret Atwood, Shirley Jackson, Angela Carter, and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.