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									                            ENG 153: Introduction to Women Authors
                                         sec. 2: MW 10:20-12:10
                                              314 Berkey Hall
Instructor: Aryn Bartley
Email: bartley4@msu.edu
Office Hrs: Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30, in the cyber cafe in the MSU library and by appt.

Welcome to ENG 153! During this class we will be exploring texts by women authors and directors. To
start, we will ask what it means for women to write. As we reflect on and discuss the course texts, we
will talk about further topics like societal roles, body image and production, socialization, sexuality, and
gender. We will discuss how reception and publication demands might affect the production and history
of women’s literature. Finally, we will look at how the form and style of each text influences the story it
tells and how we understand those stories. As readers and writers, each student will be expected to reflect
on their own interactions with the themes, styles and goals of the writers we study both in discussion and
in written assignments.

Required Books
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
This is Not Chick Lit, ed. by Elizabeth Merrick
Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith, writing as Claire Morgan
God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
100 Demons, Lynda Barry

Required Films:
Thirteen, written by Nikki Reed and Catherine Hardwicke, dir. by Catherine Hardwicke
Real Women Have Curves, dir. by Patricia Cardoso
Southern Comfort, documentary dir. by Kate Davis

30%: 2 critical essays (3-4 pages each)
15%: Feminist short story (4-5 pages) and explanation (2-3 pages)
15%: Reading quizzes
15%: Participation
25%: Final exam

Attendance and Late Policy:
Please come to class on time; habitual late-coming is disruptive to the whole class and will adversely
affect your participation grade. Disruptive behavior will also harm your participation grade (not that I
expect to have any problem with this!). Every class period will have a break. You may, however, miss
three class periods with no penalty to your grade. After three, your final grade in the course will drop by
0.25 for each missed class. Use these absences wisely (for emergencies, sports trips, religious holidays,
etc.) I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. If you are absent, go to ANGEL for
handouts, announcements, etc. I will also put up interesting links, files, etc. on ANGEL. Late papers will
be penalized by 0.25 increments for each calendar day they are late. Late papers may be turned in to my
mailbox in the English Department (Rm 211 Morrill Hall). You must send me an email alerting me
when you have turned in something late. If you do not send an email, the paper will be marked down
based on when I find it in my box!
Critical Essays and Short Story: You will receive prompts to these assignments at least two weeks
before they are due. You will have the opportunity of “publishing” your short story on Angel for your

Format for writing assignments: Type, staple, and creatively title all assignments. Number and put
your last name at the top right corner of all pages. Double space, use Times New Roman or Arial 12 point
font, 1.25” left/right margins and 1” top/bottom margins.

There will be 8 reading quizzes throughout the semester. On each quiz, one question will be a blank
space where you will insert a comment or discussion question about something
interesting/bizarre/noteworthy in the text we will have read for that day – either a formal, stylistic, or
thematic concern. You will be able to make up one quiz by going to a related talk, play, film, etc. and
writing a one-page summary and response. I will announce these make-up opportunities, but please feel
free to suggest them.

This is a discussion-based course, and your active participation is critical for its success. At times you
will have short preparatory or in-class assignments that will count toward your participation grade.

Last Day of Class:
On the last day of class, each class participant will “present” a woman writer to the class. Please prepare
a short (1 min) introduction to the work and/or writer, and read a brief excerpt from her work. The
purpose of this day is to enjoy literature with “no strings attached” and direct each other to favorites. Feel
free to bring food!

Final Exam:
The final exam will cover material from the entire semester. It will consist of quote identifications, short
answers about factual material, and an essay. You must bring a blue book! Blue books are available at
bookstores for less than $1.00 and at ASMSU in Student Services for free. The final exam will take place
on Tuesday, May 1st from 10am-12 noon in 314 Berkey Hall.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism:
According to Article 2.3.3 of the Academic Freedom Report, “the student shares the responsibility for
maintaining the integrity of scholarship, grades and professional standards.” English 153 adheres to the
policies on academic honesty as specified in General Student Regulations 1.0 on the Protection of
Scholarship and grades, and in the all-University Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and Grades.
Plagiarism consists of taking words or ideas from an outside source without properly acknowledging the
source, or submitting a paper written (in part or in full) by someone else. Students who plagiarize will
fail the course. If you have any confusion about plagiarism, please come speak with me or go to
http://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/dishonestystud.html before the papers are due.

For writing help, come to my office hours or contact:
MSU Writing Center: 300 Bessey Hall. Website: writing.msu.edu
I strongly encourage you to use the weekends (and spring break) to read ahead!

UNIT 1: Women and Expression
Week 1 (1/8-1/10)
M      Introduction
W       “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Week 2 (1/15-1/17)
M      No Class MLK Day
W      The Awakening: chp. 1-XIX

Week 3 (1/22-1/24)
M      The Awakening: chp XX- end
W      To the Lighthouse: “The Window” chps 1-X

Week 4 (1/29-1/31)
M      To the Lighthouse: finish “The Window,” read “Time Passes”
W      To the Lighthouse: “The Lighthouse”

Week 5 (2/5-2/7)
M      TNCL: “The Recipe,” “Gabriella, My Heart,” “An Open Letter to Doctor X”

UNIT 2: Girls and Bodies
W     Watch Thirteen

Week 6 (2/12-2/14)
M      Discuss Thirteen *Critical Essay 1 due
W      100 Demons: “Intro” – “The Visitor”

Week 7 (2/19-2/21)
M      100 Demons: “San Francisco” – end
W      Bluest Eye: beginning – 57 (Autumn)

Week 8 (2/26-28)
M      Bluest Eye: 61-183 (Winter, Spring)
W      Bluest Eye: 184-end (Summer)

UNIT 3: Love, Sex and Transgression
Week 9 (3/12-14)
M      Handout/Angel: “The Company of Wolves”; TNCL: “Documents of Passion Love”
W      Price of Salt: Part I

Week 10 (3/19-21)
M     Price of Salt: Part II
W     TNCL: “The Thing Around Your Neck,” “Love Machine,” “Embrace”

Week 11 (3/26-28)
M     God of Small Things: chps 1-5
W     God of Small Things: chps 6-11

Week 12 (4/2-4)
M     God of Small Things: chp 12-end

UNIT 4: Questioning Gender
W     Watch Real Women Have Curves

Week 13 (4/9-11)
M     Discuss RWHC *Critical Essay 2 due (Sex vs. Gender)
W     Written on the Body: beginning - p. 96

Week 14 (4/16-18)
M     Written on the Body: p. 96 - end
W     Watch Southern Comfort

Week 15 (4/23-25)
M     Discuss SC – Butler!!! *Short Story and Explanation due
W     Last Day / Brief Review

*FINAL EXAM: Tuesday, May 1st, 10a.m. - 12 noon, 314 Berkey Hall.

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