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ENG 264

Women and Literature: Topics

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.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Spring Semester information

Karin Wimbley

264A: Women&LitTps:US Women's Autobiographies

Women&LitTps:US Women's Autobiographies

This interdisciplinary course explores how American women narrate and represent their lives across media, including literature, the graphic novel, and fine art (most especially photography). We will pay particular attention to women's autobiographical practices that employ both image and text to address the complexities of self-representation and the intersectionality of culture, memory, fiction, and history within these practices. Course themes include: definitions of national belonging; intertextuality and the construction of self; transformation and conversion narratives as social/political critique; and loss of innocence as a counter-hegemonic feminist strategy. The texts this course examines include works by Adrian Piper, Lorie Novak, Alison Bechdel, Maxine Hong Kingston, Mary McCarthy, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Mother Jones, Cherrie Moraga, Adrienne Kennedy, and Mary Crow Dog, to name a few.