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Introduction to Course

Women in Literature, Gender 2002, is a Women's Studies literature class taught from a feminist perspective. The course assumes that valuing all people equally is a primary goal of education. The course will point out instances where equal treatment has not always occurred, although sometimes that treatment may seem to have been objective. This class demands that all students treat each other with respect, regardless of sex or gender. Many of the concepts that we will use for analysis in this course are not taught in the more "traditional" academic classrooms, so it is important for students to be open-minded about the subject and to become familiar with the terminology. If you are looking for either a male- or female- "bashing" class, then this is not the course for you. the two main areas of focus in this class will be to see whether men and women write differently and whether they are treated differently because of their gender.

Berthe Morisot's La Lecture, 1869-1870

Introduction to Texts

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a vision of one possible future regarding gender role changes in modern society.  Although written in 1985, it still speaks to current readers.

Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code is the fictitious book that launched hundreds of book groups, because it has a few controversial themes running through its pages.

Diane Mott Davidsons' Catering to Nobody introduces you to female caterer and sleuth Goldy Bear, a divorced single parent struggling to make ends meet and recover from an abusive marriage. 

Tanith Lee's Red as Blood rewrites several of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales from a horror or fantasy perspective. 

George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (commonly known by the HBO Title for the televised version, Game of Thrones) is a fantasy set in a brutal world where environmental and political strife--and sexism--are rampant.

Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills gives us a haunting critique of modern American society as it explores African-American heritage and the loss of identity that women and men may experience in society. 

Nora Roberts is a popular author of women's romance and mystery novels. In Birthright, you'll meet a character who finds out that she has grown up not knowing that she was kidnapped and see how discovering that history affects her life. She also writes as J. D. Robb.

J, K. Rowling hit gold with her Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a book about young wizards at a wizard-only boarding school. The book has been banned by certain organizations because the use of witchcraft seems questionable or unacceptable from certain religious perspectives, even within certain groups of Christians.

Derek Soles's The Prentice Hall Pocket Guide to Understanding Literature. is designed to acquaint you (or reacquaint you) with the various elements of the various forms of literature.  

C. L. Wilson is a newly published American author of paranormal/fantasy romance, and her series about the Fey takes place in a fantasy realm where some people have magical abilities.

The Xanedu packet collects texts from other sources and clears the copyrights on them for you. No authors were denied royalties in the assembling of the packet.

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Contact Kimberly M. Radek-Hall, the instructor of Women in Literature, at Kimberly_RadekHall@ivcc.edu