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ENG-275-20, American Women Writers (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR: Margaret E. Mahoney, SSND, Ph.D

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Term 1/Mondays/6:00- 8:45 p.m. 

CONTENT:

Examines and interprets representative works of American Women writers including Gilman, Glaspell, and Hellman. Students will identify common concerns of women writers, experience the diversity among authors and their texts, and evaluate some of the social, cultural, and economic forces that shape women’s lives. 

Fulfills general education requirement in literature and gender studies.  (3 credits)

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students can expect to learn:

-To enjoy and to appreciate the literary artistry of American women writers

-To identify common concerns of women writers     

-To assess the literary elements of fiction, poems, and plays            

 

METHODS:

Lectures

Discussions

Student presentations

Quizzes, tests

Literary analysis papers

 

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Preparation for, presence at, and class participation in each of the 7 sessions - 30%

Discussion leaders - 10%       

Papers - 20%     

Quizzes  (no make-ups on quizzes), tests, final exam - 40%

 

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 3rd edition, Gilbert and Gubar, Editors;

VOLUME 2 ONLY;   Wharton, Ethan Frome; Stockett, The Help

 

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Read: Trifles by Glaspell, Wharton, “The Other Two” and Alice Dunbar “Mr. Baptiste”

-There will be a quiz on the 3 assigned readings at the first class session. If you know that you will have to miss a session because of work or personal obligations, do not sign up for this class.