Nancy J. Sisko
Study of the work of women writers in English and American literature.
In this course, we will consider the work of women writers in light of some of the significant social, economic and political changes during the historical period in which they lived. We will examine how they configured public debates with their literature in areas such as racial and ethnic designations, gender, economic equity, questions of war and legal and medical institutions. So during this course, with our reading, writing and in-class discussion, we will consider the ways in which the literary/aesthetic intervene in the histories of an era, and how the particular literary genre these authors chose helped shape social change. You will write several short response papers, give a presentation and write a final longer essay. Engaged class participation, a sense of humor and a willingness to be open to multiple points of view will be crucial in our class meetings. The reading list is not yet final, but may include such writers as Harriet Jacobs, Rebecca Harding Davis, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Woolf, Stein, Susan Glaspell, Lorraine Hansberry, Adrienne Rich, Sandra Cisneros, Leslie Marmon Silko. We will work from a required course reading packet as well from a few required book length works.
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