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Women Poets of the World (WGSS 2235)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course explores the poetic themes, forms, and styles of the major women poets of the world, including English and non-English writers in translation. You will also examine the relationship between language, creative expression and power as they are experienced by women poets around the world.

Topical Outline:
1. Methods for reading and interpreting poetry
2. Historical place of women poets in the major literary canons of world literature
3. Themes and issues such as home, relationships, work, war, family, as expressed in poetry by women on the five continents
4. Impact of gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation on women poets around the world and throughout history
5. Women poets as global social change agents
6. The voice of women poets in the arenas of social responsibility and power relations

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of poetry as an art form via its patterns and structures
2. Analyze women poets’ formal innovations and their impact on the art of poetry
3. Respond critically to poetry by women from among the major literary traditions
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between language and power in women's poetry
5. Articulate an informed personal response to the poetry of women poets from around the world
6. Describe and discuss women’s truths and concerns as articulated by their poetry

Prerequisites:  Placement into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900 or ESOL 0051

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