Studies in Women's Literature
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

ENG 5330 - Studies in Women's Literature

This course explores the contributions of women authors to literature and will be approached both chronologically and thematically. Students will read and analyze works written by women from diverse eras and cultures. Further, they will trace the development and characteristics of feminist literary theory and explore feminist literary criticism. Students will become knowledgeable of concerns, conventions, recurrent themes, and issues of women's literature, and will question notions of literary value based on timeless universals and/or historical specifics. Students will think critically about the variety of literary responses by women who occupy differing subject positions (culture, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and religion). Additionally, they will examine how these positions shape women's writing. Previously taught authors include Aphra Behn, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Jean Rhys, Barbara Pym, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Barbara Kingsolver, Marlen Haushofer, Anita Shreve, Marjane Satrapi, and Sue Monk Kidd.

Credit Hours: 3

Term Offered: Spring of odd years