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ENG-275 American Women Writers


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. Assess the literary elements of fiction, poems, and plays   


  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


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  • 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.