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Spring 2018-2019
* ENG 388 / GSS 399 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Female Literary Tradition

Maria A. DiBattista
Deborah E. Nord

In this seminar we will read a range of novels by women writers from the early 19th century to the present. What do we mean by the "female literary tradition"? And when/why did we begin to study works by women writers as a separate group and through the lens of gender? How is the "tradition" informed and even challenged by differences in nationality, region, race, class, religion, and sexuality? By 20th and 21st century ideas and realities of globalism? Do we still find the category of woman writer valid and compelling?

Sample reading list:
Jane Austen, Persuasion
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
Muriel Spark, Girls of Slender Means
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200-300 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other information:
ENG Major Distribution Area: Modernity

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40811 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:9 Limit:15