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					                                         SYLLABUS
                                         SPRING 2008


Women‘s Studies 352 - 01                             Janet M. Roberts
Women in Literature                                  Office: AL 336
MWF 10:00 – 10:50pm, SH 145                          Office Hours: MW -- 1:00–2:00pm
Schedule # 37811                                      E-Mail: profjmroberts@cox.net


REQUIRED TEXTS:        ALL TEXTS ARE REQUIRED!!!
                                                                 rd
 Gilbert, Sandra, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women ( 3 ed.) Available at KB Books
 Crow Dog, Mary, Lakota Woman -- Available at KB Books
 Reader (Noted by (R) on Syllabus) – Available ONLY at CAL COPY

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
          Women‘s Studies 352 – Women in Literature, examines and explores the role of literary
expression in defining, understanding and communication the experience of being alive and
female, as it has been expressed in texts written in the English Language. Literature allows us to
gain insight into perceived realities, experiences and responses to the world in which we live,
helping us understand ourselves as human beings, as individuals, as members of groups and of
sub-groups. Women, as a group, have often been silenced and rendered invisible; we will
analyze how they have used literature to claim a voice, defining and writing themselves and their
experiences into existence. Because gender is inflected by and experienced through a variety of
forces, this course will consider the ways that race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age, region and
physical ability inform women‘s struggle for understanding, self-determination and power in a
world dominated by patriarchal privilege. The course will include an investigation of how women‘s
literary activity has queried issues such as: gender and language; gender construction and roles;
gender and difference; intimacy; sexuality; health; self-concept; the psychology of oppression and
resistance; family; education; and economic life. We will read a variety of women‘s perspectives
that will address these issues and practice explicating (pulling apart) texts to allow you to develop
you own skills—and voice—in understanding, speaking and writing about women‘s literature.

        The mode of presentation is lecture-discussion and in-class group work.

GRADING POLICY:
 Explication Exercises (1 ½ -- 2 typed, double-spaced pages)               15%
 Thematic Assertion Exercises (2 - 2 ½ typed, double-spaced pages)         15%
 2 – Short Essays (4 – 5 typed, double-spaced pages — 10% each)            20%
 Final Essay on text you choose (9 - 10 typed, double-spaced pages)        20%
 Class Participation/Attendance                                            10%
 Reading Responses                                                         10%
 Group Work                                                                10%

  *** Written assignments may be adjusted to accommodate the rhythm of the class.


                    STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE FINAL ESSAY
                              TO PASS THE COURSE

READING THE TEXTS:
          I am very much aware that there is a lot of reading assigned for this course. To gain an
adequate understanding of the complex subject matter that informs this course and to cultivate
the skills of literary explication a great deal of reading and practicing is necessary. You MUST


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READ ALL OF THE COURSE MATERIAL BEFORE THE DAY IT IS LISTED FOR
DISCUSSION. You MUST KEEP UP WITH THE ASSIGNMENTS, or you will be lost. I also
STRONGLY SUGGEST that after you finish each text you ask yourself: ―What was the
important in this text?‖ & ―What are the MAIN THEMES in this text?‖ Write down what you
think was important and what you think the main themes were in a sentence or two. This does not
have to be formal or elaborate, just notes to yourself that will help you grasp the most important
points of the texts and that will be helpful in preparing your Reading Responses. Also, write down
any questions that come up as you are reading and bring them to class. I can not help you if you
don‘t tell me what help you need.

READING RESPONSES:
         Read the assigned material for each meeting PRIOR to the class meeting. Each week,
write NO MORE THAT A ONE PAGE response that discusses what YOU think was most
important from that week‘s texts. Responses are NOT SUMMARIES of what was in the texts—
DO NOT TELL THE STORY—but your REACTION to some aspect of the texts that were read in
that week. DO NOT TRY TO WRITE ON EVERY TEXT ASSIGNED FOR A PARTICULAR
WEEK. Choose an idea, concept, statement, etc., toward which you have had a STRONG
REACTION. This is a space for you to be in dialog with the texts and their authors. You can
disagree, or agree with the point(s) that you have chosen. The point is to invest yourself in the
process of critical thinking, textual analysis and intellectual discourse.
         Responses MUST be turned in each Friday. Although I will review ALL of the response
papers regularly, due to workload issues and so that I can get a clear overview of your developing
thought process, I will not return your responses (unless a problem is detected). At the end of the
term I will assess ALL of the response papers as a whole for a final course Response grade.
They will be graded based on your consistency in meeting this assignment, your engagement
with the texts, the thoughtfulness of your responses and arguments, and your commitment to
quality, critical interaction with the texts about which you have chosen to write. The Response
Papers are an important part of your learning experience and your grade, and should NOT BE
BLOWN OFF.

         Reading Responses serve several purposes: 1. Help you understand the texts and let me
know that you do. 2. Provide study sheets useful in preparing for participation in class
discussions. ***3. Provide a space for you to work on and improve your writing and thinking
skills. This is vital to your success in academia and in life. Therefore, Reading Responses
MUST BE WRITTEN IN STANDARD ENGLISH—NO SLANG. You MUST use standard
sentence structures in relating your ideas, but remember, these are only Responses, so, although
they must make sense to your reader—me—the ideas DO NOT have to be integrated and fully
worked out. The questions that you have about the texts may also be written in your Responses.
Writing Responses may be difficult at first, but with practice it will become easier and the skill will
serve you well in your future endeavors.

ESSAYS:
         The Essays must be written in STANDARD ENGLISH AND HAVE A THESIS THAT IS
AN ARGUMENT. YOUR ASSERTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY THE TEXT(S)--
(QUOTES)—AND YOUR EXPLANATIONS OF THE QUOTES, AND BY THE DETAILS of your
paper. The writing component of this course is very important for your success in this course, in
the rest of your academic endeavors and in your future life. Discussions about writing skills and
forms will be a regular part of the course work. To practice your skills you will write two (2) short
essays, one (1) longer essay, and several short exercises. More information will be forthcoming
about these assignments, but be aware that IT WILL NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO RE-TELL what
the course lectures and discussions have already stated, NOR IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO SIMPLY
SUMMERIZE THE TEXTS!!! In ALL CASES more thought and the use of textual support (quotes)
will be necessary for the completion of these assignments. REMEMBER, I will be available to
answer your questions and to assist you in completing ALL of your assignments.




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ATTENDANCE:
         Attendance is vital to the learning process. You can not learn if you are not in class for
the discussions. A student who has MORE THAN TWO (2) ABSENCE WILL FIND IT
DIFFICULT TO PASS THIS COURSE. Absence #3 will lower the student‘s final grade by one
letter. Absence #4 will lower the final grade another letter, and so on . . . .

               **** THE POINT: IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN THIS COURSE,
                       YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND REGULARLY!! ****

 **** Missing Assignments have a profound effect upon your grade. Please turn in ALL of
            your assignments for the best results in the grading process. ****

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
     Late assignments WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and make-up Reading Responses will not
     be accepted without my PRIOR consent and ALL LATE ASSIGNMENTS will be marked
     down 5 points
             !!! THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE !!!

                  *** All assignments must be turned at the beginning of class ***

                  !!!! NO EMAILED ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED !!!!

        Come to class ON TIME and leave when the class is completed.
        !!! LATENESS TO CLASS WILL BE COUNTED AS ½ OF AN ABSENCE !!!

        Please be courteous and respectful to your classmates and the
        instructor at all times.

Turn off your cell phones and all electronic devices BEFORE you come into class!!
                            !!! THIS INCLUDES COMPUTERS !!!

**** Plagiarism is serious and can lead to dismissal from the college. Please make sure you
understand what plagiarism is (if someone else said/wrote it you MUST cite the source). If there
is any question about this contact me and we will discuss it. ****

THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL INFORMATION (DATES OF ESSAYS, REVISED
READING ASSIGNMENTS, NOTES, ETC.) GIVEN OR DISCUSSED IN CLASS!!


COURSE OUTLINE:
       WOMEN AND THE CULTURAL TRADITION
Week 1      Introduction:
 Wed          Introduction to the course—Literature as a register of Culture, Identity and
 1/23/08      Social Construction. The role of Gender in literary creation, acceptance and
              accessibility.

 Fri              Readings: (Reader) Felman, ―Women And Madness;‖
 1/25/08         Due: Reading Response

Week 2           Women and the Cultural Tradition:
 Mon              Readings: Bradstreet, ―The Prologue,‖ (V1, 147)
 1/28/08

 Wed               Readings: Wollstonecraft, from: A Vindication of The Rights of Women,
 1/30/08           (V1, 370-390)


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   Fri           More Than Entertainment: The Power of Writing:
 2/1/08           Readings: Wheatley, ―On Being Brought From Africa,‖ (V1, 358);
                  ―To the Right Honorable, (V1, 359); Harper, ―Learning To Read,‖ (V1, 850)
                 Due: Reading Response

Week 3           More Than Entertainment: The Power of Writing:
 Mon              Readings: Spencer, ―White Things‖ (V2, 259); (R) ―Models For Literary
 2/4/08           Explication‖ (At Back of Reader); (R) ―Reading and Writing About
                  Literary Texts‖ (Use as Reference for Course)

 Wed               Readings: Das, ―An Introduction‖ (Handout)
 2/6/08

 Fri              Readings: Woolf, A Room of One’s Own ―Shakespeare‘s Sister‖ (V2, 237);
 2/8/08          Due: Reading Response

Week 4           More Than Entertainment: The Power of Writing:
 Mon              Readings: Anzaldua, Tlilli, Tlapalli (V2, 1254); Walker, ―In Search of Our
 2/11/08          Mother‘s Garden‖ (V2, 1295)

 Wed               Readings: (R) Kolodny, ―Dancing Through the Mindfield;‖ Truth, ―Ain‘t I
 2/13/08           a Woman‖ (V1, 509); Fuller, ―Women in the Nineteenth Century‖ (V1, 558)

 Fri              Readings: Bonner, ―On Being Young—a Woman—and Colored‖ (V2, 524);
 2/15/08          Taggard, ―A Middle-aged, Middle-class Woman‖ (V2, 496); Taggard, ―At Last
                  the Women‖ (V2, 497); Taggard, ―Mill Town‖ (V2, 497)
                 Due: Reading Response

Week 5        BREAKING THE SILENCE & BECOMING VISIBLE:
              Re-Defining Womanhood:
 Mon           Readings: Stanton, ―from, Address to the New York State Legislature‖ (V1, 630);
 2/18/08         Dickinson, (V1, 1037-1040), #24; # 249; #271,#280, #288, #303 ;
                 #384, #392, #401, #435, #441; #479, #508, #512, #569, #579,
                 #593, #657, #709, #732, #754, #1129; Wright, ―Naked Girl and
                 Mirror‖ (V2, 728)
       **** Explication (and Major Impression) Exercise #1 (Wright, ―Naked Girl‖) ****

 Wed                Readings: (R) Marcus, ―Storming the Toolshed‖ (excerpt); Smith, ―How Cruel
 2/20/08            Is The Story of Eve‖ (V2, 585); Wright, ―Eve to Her Daughters‖ (V2, 726);
                    Riding, ―Eve‘s Side of It‖ (V2, 554-548)
          **** Author & Title of Text For Final Due (Your Choice—Must Be Fiction) ****

 Fri              Readings: Nin, ―Birth‖ (V2, 588); Wright, ―To Another Housewife‖ (V2, 726);
 2/22/08          Harwood, ―In the Park‖ (V2, 832)
                 Due: Reading Response

Week 6           Re-Valuing Women’s Literature/Re-Defining Literary Criticism:
 Mon              Readings: (R) Zimmerman, ―What Has Never Been;‖ Rich, Biography (V2, 962-
 2/25/08          965); ―When We Dead Awaken‖ (V2, 982); Mew, ―The Quiet House‖ (V2, 86);

 Wed             Readings: (R) Russ, ―Aesthetics;‖ (R) Robinson, ―Treason Our Text;‖ Swenson,
 2/27/08         ―Women‖ (V2, 657); Bleeding‖ (V2, 658); Harwood, ―Mother Who Gave Me Life‖
                 (V2, 832)
**** Explication (and Major Impression) Exercise #2 Due (Mew, ―The Quiet House‖)




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 Fri              Readings: Norwich, ―Book of Showings‖ Chp. 58, (V1, 40); Chp. 59, (V1, 41);
2/29/08           Queen Elizabeth, ―On Monsieur‘s Departure‖ (V1, 67); ―Speech to the Troops‖
                  (V1, 67); (R) Cofer, ―Silent Dancing‖
                 Due: Reading Response

Week 7           Re-Valuing Women’s Literature/Re-Forming the Canon:
 Mon              Readings: (R) McKay, Reflections on Black Women Writers;‖ Hurston, ―How It
3/3/08            Feels to Be Colored Me‖ (V2, 357); Montagu, ―The Small-pox‖ (V1, 268);

 Wed               Readings: Burney, ―The Diary and Letters of‖ (V1, 346); Burney, ―A
 3/5/08            Mastectomy‖ (V1, 350); Fern, ―The Working Girls‖ (V1, 595); Adams, ―Letters to
                   John Adams‖ (V1, 315-321); Murray, ‗On the Equality of the Sexes‖ (V1, 337-
                   341); James, ―The Diary‖ (V1, 1230)

  Fri               Readings: (R) Kaplan, ―Pandora‘s Box;‖ Rich, ―Snapshots of a Daughter-In-
3/7/08              Law‖ (V2, 965); (R) Yamauchi, ―Makapuu Bay‖
                 Due: Reading Response
          **** Explication (and Major Impression) Exercise #3 (Nin, ―Birth;‖ Cofer, ―Silent
               Dancing‖) ****

Week 8           Re-Valuing Women’s Literature/Re-Forming the Canon:
 Mon              Readings: (R) Hooks, ―Writing Autobiography;‖ (R) Benstock, ―Authorizing the
 3/10/08          Autobiographical;‖ Barns, ―How It Feels to Be Forcibly Fed‖ (V2, 460);
                  McCarthy, ―Memories of a Catholic Girlhood‖ (V2, 630)

 Wed             Reading Women’s Lives:
 3/12/08          Readings: Gaspell, ―Trifles‖ (V2, 178); Brooks, ―the mother‖ (V2, 781); Ozick,
                  ―The Shawl‖ (V2, 932); (R) Shroff, ―Mother‖

 Fri             Readings: Dinesen, ―The Blank Page‖ (V2, 276); Marshall, ―Poets in the
 3/14/08         Kitchen‖ (V2, 955); Stone, Selected Poems, (V2, 709--712);
               Due: Reading Response
**** Thematic Assertion w/ Textual Support And Explaining Quotes Exercise #1 Due
               (Barns, ―How It Feels to Be;‖ McCarthy, ―Memories of;‖ Yamauchi,
               ―Makapuu Bay‖ or Rich, ―Snapshots‖) ****

Week 9           Reading Women’s Lives:
 Mon              Readings: Rich, ―Driving into the Wreck‖ (V2, 970); (R) Sasaki, ―The Loom;‖
 3/17/08          (R) Wong, ―And All The Girls Cried;‖ (R) Tsui, ―Chinatown Talking Story;‖

 Wed               Readings: (R) Alexander, ―Poem By The Wellside;‖ (R) Roberson,
 3/19/08           ―Okasan/Mother;‖ (R) Deloria, from: Waterlily; (R) Garro, ―The Day We Were
                   Dogs‖

  Fri             Readings: Larsen, ―Quicksand‖ (V2, 362)
 3/21/08         Due: Reading Response

Week 10          Growing Up Female:
 Mon               Readings: (R) Cisneros, from: Woman Hollering Creek
 3/24/08         **** ESSAY #1 DUE – The Role of Voice/Silence and/or Visibility and
                      Invisibility in Re-Defining Womanhood: (Use at least 2 texts for
                      support) ****

 Wed               Readings: ** Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (R) & (V1, 621-628);
 3/26/08           Lord, ―Zami‖ (V2, 1076); Kincaid, ―Girl‖ (V2, 1339)




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 Fri              Readings: (R) Sexton, ―Snow White;‖ (R) ―Red Riding Hood;‖ (R) ―Briar Rose‖
 3/28/08         Due: Reading Response


          ****   MARCH 31 – APRIL 4          ****    SPRING BREAK           ****
Week 11          Growing Up Female:
 Mon              Readings: Tapahonso, ―Blue Horses Rush In‖ (V2, 1392); Welty, ―A Worn Path‖
 4/7/08           (V2, 598); Hejinian, ―From My Life (V2, 1250); Mukherjee, ―The Management of
                  Grief‖ (V2, 1238); (R) Wong, ―Broad Shoulders

 Wed              Readings: (R) Smith, ―Maxine Hong Kingston‘s Woman Warrior;‖ Kingston, ―No
 4/9/08           Name Woman‖ (V2, 1229)

 Fri              Readings: (R) Chavez, from: The Last of the Menu Girls;‖ Austen, ―Love and
 4/11/08          Friendship‖ (V1, 461)
                 Due: Reading Response

Week 12       Growing Up Female:
 Mon            Readings: Yamamoto, ―Seventeen Syllables‖ (V2, 835); (R) Chan, ―You‘re
 4/14/08        Short, Besides!;‖ (R) Lobo- Cobb, ―Behind the Shadow;‖ (R) Villanueva,
                ―Factory Girls;‖ (R) Erdrich, ―Indian Boarding School;‖ Adcock, ―Against
                Coupling‖ (V2, 1080)
      **** Thematic Assertion w/ Textual Support And Explaining Quotes Exercise #2 Due
              (Dinesen, ―Blank Page;‖ Ozick, ―The Shawl;‖ Sasaki, ―The Loom;‖ Deloria,
              from: Waterlily; Sexton, [one poem from the syllabus]; or Cisneros,
              from: Woman Hollering) ****

 Wed              Readings: Crow Dog, Lakota Woman (3-91)
 4/16/08

 Fri              Readings: Crow Dog, Lakota Woman (92-263)
 4/18/08         Due: Reading Response

Week 13          Growing Up Female:
 Mon              Readings: Bronte, Jane Eyre (Chp I-X, 468-532); Carter, ―The Company of
4/21/08           Wolves‖ (V2, 1221)

 Wed              Women In Relationship:
 4/23/08          Readings: Mansfield, ―The Daughters of‖ (V2, 321); Mew, ―The Farmer‘s Bride‖
                  (V2, 84); (R) Alexander, ―Mosquitoes In The Main Room‖

 Fri              Readings: Byatt, ―A Stone Woman‖ (V2, 1098); Gluck, ―Widows‖ (V2, 1285);
4/25/08           ―Terminal Resemblance‖ (V2, 1286); ‖ Brown, ―Forgiveness‖ (V2, 1432)
                 Due: Reading Response

Week 14        Women In Relationship:
 Mon             Readings: Fuller, ―Prejudice Against Women‖ (V1, 560-571); Richardson,
 4/28/08         ―Two Hanged Women‖ (V2, 88); Hacker, ―Migraine Sonnets‖ (V2, 1277);
       **** ESSAY #2 DUE – ONLY CHOOSE ONE (1) OF THE FOLLOWING TEXTS --
(Jacobs, Incidents; Chavez, Last of the Menu Girls; Kingston, ―No Name Woman;‖ Crow
Dog, Lakota Woman; Larsen, Quicksand; Gaspell, ―Trifles;‖ or Bronte, Jane Eyre) ****

 Wed              Readings: Olsen, ―Tell Me a Riddle‖ (V2, 660); Spencer, ―Letter to My Sister‖
 4/30/08          (V2, 260); (R) Shange, ―With No Immediate Cause;




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 Fri              Readings: Atwood, ―Rape Fantasies‖ (V2, 1210); Hurston, Sweat‖ (V2, 349)
 5/2/08           (R) Dee Cervantes, ―Refugee Ship;‖ Stein, ―Ada‖ (V2, 165); Wickham, ― The
                  Affinity‖ (V2, 266)
                 Due: Reading Response

Week 15          Activism: In-Visioning a New World/Working For Change:
 Mon              Readings: Truth, ―What Time of Night It Is‖ (V1, 511); ―Keeping the Thing
5/5/08            Going‖ V2, (V1, 512); LeSueur, ―Annunciation (V2, 1089); Harjo, ―When the
                  .World‖ (V2, 1383); Lorde, ―The Women of Dan‖ (V2, 1074)

Wed                Readings: ‖ LeGuin, ―Sur‖ (V2, 941); Fanthorpe, ―Women Laughing‖ (V2, 938);
5/7/08             Loy, ―Feminist Manifesto‖ (V2, 255); (R) Mirikitani, ―In Remembrance‖

 Fri               Readings: (R) Yoshida, ―Taking It Lying Down;‖ (R) Edut, ―HUES Magazine;‖
5/9/08             (R) Littlebear, ―Like a Mountain‖
                 Due: Reading Response
          **** Thematic Assertion w/ Textual Support And Explanation Exercise #3 Due
                 (Yamamoto, ―Seventeen;‖ Hurston, ―Sweat;‖ Atwood, ―Rape Fantasies;‖
                 Brown, ―Forgiveness;‖ or Olsen, ―Tell Me a Riddle‖)




                              ****    FINALS WEEK             ****

                   **** FINAL -- FRIDAY MAY 16 2008 ****
                           **** 9:00 – 10:00AM ****

            **** FINAL ESSAY DUE: Explication, Analysis & ****
           **** Written Argument for The Text of Your Choice ****

               ****    FINAL ESSAY IS THE FINAL EXAM                        ****


         STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE FINAL ESSAY
                   TO PASS THE COURSE




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