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Women's Literature (ENLT 1158)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course explores a range of literature written in English by women within the United States. The course will focus on multiple literary genres: poetry, drama, long and short fiction, journals, essays, autobiography and memoir. You will read the literature of women across diverse cultures within the United States. You will explore themes of power, culture, class, ethnicity, and sexuality, and you will learn about feminist literary theory.

Topical Outline:
1. Methods for analyzing various literary genres, including Feminist Theory
2. Women's historical place in the literary canon in the United States
3. Women's literature and issues of power, including family/work/educational and political access
4. Impact of gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation on women writers
5. Women writers as social change agents within the United States

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the literary works of American women as expressions of individual and human values within historical and social contexts
2. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities by selected American women writers
3. Articulate an informed personal reaction to the literary works of American women writers
4. Demonstrate an awareness of individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society
5. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (cultural, political, social, economic, etc.) of American women writers, and how those experiences are shaped by discrimination and exclusion

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

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