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W S 290

Topics in Women's Studies

An interdisciplinary exploration of a particular theme, area or period, with respect to issues of women and gender.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Spring Semester information

Karin Wimbley

290A: Tps:US Women's Autobiographies

Tps: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.