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ENG-213 Contemporary American Literature


The course requires students to read, analyze, interpret, and write critically about a select number of texts by 20th-century American women writers.  Students will learn to enjoy and appreciate the literary artistry of representative women writers; to identify common concerns of women writers of the past century; to experience vicariously the lives of diverse women, and evaluate the social, cultural, economic, and political forces that shape those lives; to recognize different approaches of women's portrayal of women; to understand how American feminism has developed and how it is manifested in these writings; and to develop their critical reading and writing skills.  This course fulfills the general education requirement in literature and gender studies.  [3 credits]


  1. Discover and appreciate the literary artistry of American women writers
  2. Identify common concerns of women writers          
  3. Improve critical analysis skills, both orally and in writing
  4. Assess the literary elements of fiction, poems, and plays   


  1. Prepare for, presence at, and participate in each of the class sessions
  2. Serve as discussion leaders   
  3. Prepare and submit papers    
  4. Quizzes (no make-ups on quizzes) and tests


Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.


  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site and require reading/completion prior to coming to class. 
  • There will be a quiz at the first class on the stories assigned to be read prior to the first class.

This course has limited class meetings.  If you know in advance you cannot attend a class meeting, it is suggested you withdraw before class begins.  If you miss a class, your grade will be lowered.  There is no exception to this policy.  You are expected to be prompt.  Frequent lateness will reflect in your grade.