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Jean M Dornbush
C LIT 375
Seattle Campus

Images of Women in Literature

Comparative study of the ways women's image, social role, and psychology have been portrayed by writers of various nationalities and literary periods. Selection of theme varies from quarter to quarter. Works are read in English translation.

Class description

In this seminar we will explore a range of women writers of comic fiction. First, we'll survey major Western ideas about comedy and laughter from the Greeks to the modern era, emphasizing the role of culture and gender. Then we'll turn to ways women writers confirm or subvert these notions of comedy. Women writers include Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

seminar, with small and large group discussions

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Jean M Dornbush
Date: 09/16/2008