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ENG-275 American Women Writers

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Discover and appreciate the literary artistry of American women writers
  2. Identify common concerns of women writers          
  3. Assess the literary elements of fiction, poems, and plays   

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Preparation for, presence at, and class participation in each of the seven sessions
  2. Discussion leaders     
  3. Papers            
  4. Quizzes (no make-ups on quizzes), tests, final exam

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

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

OTHER COURSE 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 on the three 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.