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Effective: Fall 2011

Advisory: Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement as determined by score on the English placement test OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 25 & ESLL 249.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Humanities Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will demonstrate analytical comprehension of women's writing, in writing and orally, within aesthetic and biographical contexts.
  • A successful student will be able to analytically compare women's literature across multiple cultural representations.
Description -
An examination of the works of 19th and 20th Century multicultural women poets, novelists, dramatists, and essayists and their contribution to English and American literature. Includes independent research and the creation of a major project on author, genre, work or theme.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. analyze the style and content of literature by 19th and 20th century English and American writers as works of art and as commentary on the lives of women.
  2. recognize the political and social contributions made in the field of literature by women from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  3. compare and contrast images of literature by female artists with those by their male counterparts with a view to understanding the limitations placed on women in terms of education, lack of training, etc.
  4. demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Perspectives on identity
    1. Literature of conflict between self-fulfillment and familial/social expectations
    2. Socio-economic conditions as they affect the creation of literature
  2. Political and social issues as explored through imaginative literature
    1. Literature of protest and social reform
    2. Examination and redefinition of the literary canon
    3. Analysis and interpretation of multicultural influences
  3. The roles of gender and the contemporary woman writer
    1. Influence of culture on the shaping of gender roles
    2. Feminism and anti-feminism in the lives of women
  4. Research techniques and procedures
    1. Exploration of criticism and critical theory
    2. Synthesis and analysis of materials
    3. Women's roles and images in literature
    4. Documentation of sources
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participation in class discussions
  2. Panels and reports
  3. Mid-term examination
  4. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar, eds. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. Third Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Reading literary texts in the women's literary canon, lectures on the texts and their historical and social contexts, class discussion regarding those issues and texts, small group projects and presentations, analytical writing projects.

Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading from representative literary texts as assigned by instructor.
  2. Quizzes on reading comprehension of assigned literary texts.
  3. Individual and small group presentations on the literature and its historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts.
  4. Analytical and reader response journal assignments on readings.
  5. At least one formal literary analysis writing project demonstrating comprehension and critical thinking.