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Loren K. Redwood
BIS 387
Bothell Campus

Women and American Literature

Study of women writers and the ways women have been portrayed in literary texts. Focuses on certain themes, such as selves and subjectivities, or on writers from specific historical, economic, ethnic, or racial backgrounds.

Class description

This course explores the writings of women of color and the complex politics of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other categories of power in the U.S. context. Through the use of fiction, films, and academic works the course will explore issues of identity, representation,socioeconomic status, civil and political rights as they impact women of color in the U.S. The course will examine works of literature, film and academic writings by African American, Latina/Chicana, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American women.

Student learning goals

Demonstrate a clear grasp of the significance of categories of race, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and culture in the lives of women of color historically and in contemporary society. This will be assessed through discussion of course readings and engagement in written assignments.

Demonstrate an understanding of the intersectional dimensions of these categories, and their impact on defining identity, representation, policy, and culture in the United States. This will be achieved through analysis of course readings and engagement in written assignments.

Demonstrate an understanding of women of colorís diverse critiques and strategies of resistance to oppressive forces. This will be assessed through participation in class discussion, critical investigation of course texts, engagement with class lecture, and through completion of written assignments that require a critical analysis.

Demonstrate critical thinking skills by engaging in an analysis of frameworks for understanding and articulating complex social issues, politics of power, and the intersections of subject positionings. This will be assessed through class discussion, group work, engagement with course materials and written assignments.

General method of instruction

Lecture, large and small class discussion, group work, and written assignments.

Recommended preparation

All students are welcome however some familiarity and knowledge of issues relating to gender oppression would be useful.

Class assignments and grading

Group work assignments, written assignments, class presentation.

Grades will be assessed by an evaluation of participation in class discussion/activities, small group work, successful completion of written assignments, and one presentation to the class, which will be conducted by small groups of 2-3 students.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loren K. Redwood
Date: 10/18/2011