lit450 | undergraduate

Women Writers

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This course examines women writers of poetry, short stories, and novels with a special emphasis on what distinguishes gender perspectives, and analytical frameworks in literature.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Early 19th Century and Womenâ s Place in Society

    • Describe the ways that women’s roles in 19th-century Western society are reflected by women writers of the era.
    • Analyze a selection of prose or poetry through the lens of Wollstonecraft’s essay.

    Mid- to Late-19th-Century and the Voice of the Woman Writer

    • Describe the ways that women writers of the mid- to late-19th-century expressed the female voice in prose and poetry.
    • Explain the influence writing under a male pseudonym had on the work of women writers.
    • Distinguish between the authorial voice and the narrator’s voice.

    Women Writers and the Fin-de-Siècle

    • Differentiate the characteristics, such as tone, characterization, or other literary elements, of turn-of-the-century (fin-de-siècle) literature from 19th-century writing
    • Analyze the influence of the rise of militant women’s suffrage on turn-of-the-century women’s writing.
    • Analyze turn-of-the-century prose and poetry as social commentary.

    Mid-20th-Century Women Writers and Feminist Literary Theory

    • Differentiate between writing by women and feminist writing.
    • Analyze the influence of culture on the perspective of women writers.
    • Analyze women writers through the lens of feminist theory.

    Late-20th-Century and Contemporary Women Writers

    • Identify common themes in later 20th-century and contemporary women’s writing.
    • Analyze the evolution of writing by women from the 19th century to the present.
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