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Women in Literature

Gender 2002

Spring 2014
Online

Kimberly M. Radek, Instructor
Office: A-314, (815) 224-0395

kimberly_radek@ivcc.edu

Office Hours: 12-1 PM on M
and 12:15-1:45 PM on T

Class begins 14 January and ends 8 May 2014.
All times are Central.

  

 


Berthe Morisot's La Lecture, 1869-1870
Course Objectives

This course introduces you to representative works by and about women from historical, social, and literary perspectives as it seeks to inform you about gendered identities. You will learn how gender roles develop and change and how women's views of themselves are reflected in their writing. You will read different literary forms, and you should become able to identify motifs, themes, and stereotypical patterns in that literature. Additionally, you will learn historical, philosophical, religious, and cultural information to help increase your understanding and appreciation of the works. By the end of the course, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the texts, the authors and literary and social movements that produced them, and the elements of those texts, such as symbols, themes, and points of view.

Prerequisites: You will need critical reading and writing skills to successfully complete this course, hence you must have completed English 1001 and 1002 or their equivalents. 


General Education Credit

This course is a general education course, which fulfills a humanities requirement toward your bachelor's degree. It has been accepted by IAI as an H3 911D course, so you know that it will be accepted by all participating schools.  Additionally, this course will help you attain the following goals, deemed central to IVCC's general education program: 

1. To apply analytical and problem solving skills to personal, social, and professional issues and situations.

2. To communicate orally and in writing, socially and interpersonally.

3. To develop an awareness of the contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world, including those within our own society.

4. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to understand its impact on the individual and society.

5. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration with others.

6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in one’s career and as a member of society.

7. To develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and spiritually.

8. To appreciate the ongoing value of learning, self-improvement, and career planning.


Required Texts (See Class Schedule Below,)

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. New York: Fawcett, 1985.

Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. New York: Doubleday, 2003.

Davidson, Dianne Mott. Catering to Nobody. New York: Bantam, 2002.

Martin, George, R. R. A Game of Thrones. New York: Bantam, 1996.

Naylor, Gloria. Linden Hills. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.

Roberts, Nora. Birthright. New York: Berkley, 2004.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. New York: Scholastic, Inc. 1997.

Soles, Derek. The Prentice Hall Pocket Guide to Understanding Literature. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002. 

Wilson, C. L. Lady of Light and Shadows.  New York: Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc., 2007.

Wilson, C. L. Lord of the Fading Lands.  New York: Dorchester Publishing Co., Inc., 2007.

                   
Note that of the above listed texts, each one listed in black is required. Of the texts in green, you choose texts from one of the last six units.

Other texts, as assigned, including the Xanedu packet, are available in the bookstore--or online. 



Grading Scale (%)

    A: 100-90     B: 89-80     C: 79-70     D: 69-60     F: 59-0


Breakdown of Grades 

Class Discussions: 10%
Individual Participation: 10%             
Examination #1: 30%
Examination #2: 30%
Gender and Literary Analysis Paper: 20%
            

Class Discussions and Individual Participation:  You are required to participate in class discussions.  As long as you are prepared and can write on the subjects we study, you can earn these points. In each unit, you will see one two, or three discussion prompts. I do expect you to answer each one, using at least 100 words per post and quoting, where necessary, from your reading materials to support your response. I also expect that you will respond to at least two posts by classmates in each topic thread. I will let you know of your approximate discussion grade near or around mid-term. You will be evaluated on your contribution and efforts to the class. Likewise, all homework (if any), group work (if any), extra credit (if any), and quizzes will be graded and make up part of this category of your grade. 

The Examinations: You will be tested over the material covered in class lecture material, discussions, and assigned readings. The examinations may include short answer, multiple choice, and passage identification questions but will be largely comprised of essay questions. These exams will show that you have read these texts critically and analytically, identifying common themes and gender issues in them, and can write clearly about them.

The Paper: Please type your papers; they must be double-spaced and should follow standard MLA format. Please put the class name and number and the assignment in the subject line. In this gender/literary analysis paper you will determine, analyze, and evaluate the gender messages in a text  you choose as your subject, as you are also evaluating its literary merits. This paper should, of course, have a clearly stated thesis statement in its first paragraph. Papers will be given letter grades that will be converted to percentage points before the final semester grade is calculated, and they will be evaluated on audience, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling, and style as well as content. I do expect that you will use and cite at least two secondary sources--as well as your primary source--in this paper. This is due by 28 April 2014.


Expected Student Behaviors

1. The student will read texts with understanding and appreciation, reacting to and analyzing what he or she has read, by the date(s) they are to be discussed.

2. The student will participate actively to lectures and discussions, asking/submitting questions for clarification on ideas or issues, if needed.

3. The student will participate in discussion, offering his or her insights about the literature or asking the class or instructor for clarification on material he or she does not completely understand.

4. The student will integrate and cite accurately information of other writers, using other writers' opinions, beliefs, and/or observations to support his or her own opinions, beliefs, and/or observations.

5. The student will synthesize lecture, discussion, and text materials to come to a more solid world view on the impact writing and gender have and have had upon history and literature and the impact history and literature have and have had upon writing.

6.  Students will respect each other's personal beliefs and be committed to helping each other learn more about the course information and themselves. Students will help each other become more confident in his or her own unique personal voice and see the authority in his or her own personal experience. 


Plagiarism

The College's policy on plagiarism applies in this class; I will question you if your work does not appear to be your own. Keep all notes, outlines, drafts, and finished assignments so that you can demonstrate that writing you have submitted is your own work, should any question of plagiarism arise.

 

Attendance

All students must 'e-attend' regularly, as weekly work and discussions are assessed. Besides the obvious loss of points that goes along with not participating in class, there is no other deduction; however, if you decide that you cannot complete the coursework, you must request a withdrawal from me either in person or through e-mail by noon on 8 April 2014--or process one yourself using WebAdvisor. I will not withdraw you from the class, even if you stop contributing, unless you have requested it of me. Keep in mind, too, that withdrawing from a course may jeopardize or change your financial aid, so be sure to consult with a financial aid advisor before committing to a withdrawal.


Assistance

You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a physical, psychiatric, or cognitive disability. If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at 224-0284 or Judy Mika at 224-0350 or stop by IVCC's campus and visit office B-204.


Tentative Class Schedule

Section One Images of Women from the Past

Unit 1

14-19 January


Introduction to Course and Texts

Gender as a Topic of Study: Necessary Terminology

Read "The Queen's Looking Glass," Chapter 1 in The Madwoman in the Attic  in the Xanedu packet

Please log in to the class's website in BlackboardInstructions for and explanations of Blackboard, if you are not familiar with it, are available through IVCC's ITS department's link on the topic.  I will use Blackboard for all grades in this class; if something is not recorded in Blackboard, then you know it isn't graded yet.

Note: The Blackboard for this class will become available to you on or before 14 January 2014. The Discussion Board may take a few days more.


Discussion 1
Quiz 1
 


Unit 2

20 January -
1 February

Literature as a Topic of Study: Necessary Terminology, Skills, and Understanding

The Art of Fiction and The Art of Poetry

Read Soles's The Prentice Hall Pocket Guide to Understanding Literature on fiction and poetry

Read Women in Ancient Greece and Rome

Read Plato and Aristotle   

Read Greek and Roman Myths
     Prometheus and Pandora
     Juno and Her Rivals
     Pygmalion
     Cupid and Psyche
     Minerva/Athena

Read Selected Poems by Sappho

Discussion 2
Quiz 2


Please look ahead on the syllabus.  On which piece will you write your gender/literary analysis paper?  You should begin reading that text now.
 


Unit  3

2-12 February

 

Please read Gender and Literature as Topics of Study: Necessary Theory and Philosophy

Biblical Images of Women: Ancient Israeli History, Biblical Criticism, and the Significance of the Creation Stories to Women's Studies

Read excerpt from Genesis online at gospelcom.net , the first three chapters of Genesis from the New International Version

Read "Woman" from Louis Ginzberg's The Legends of the Jews

Read Phyllis Trible Handout in Xanedu packet

Discussion 3
Quiz 3

Take this link to a sample of the gender/analysis paper. Note that the sample paper is not complete.


Unit 4

13-18 February


Images of Women in Early Christianity

Read Paul and Augustine

Discussion 4
Quiz 4

 


Unit 5

19-26 February


Women from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Read Rousseau and Wollstonecraft

Read Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew from MIT's Shakespeare Website

Discussion 5
Quiz 5

 


Unit 6

27 February -
3 March


Women in the Nineteenth Century

Read Mill and Darwin     

Read Hawthorne and Poe

Read Jane Tompkins's "Masterpiece Theater" in Xanedu packet

Read Selections from Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman  

Discussion 6
Quiz 6
 

You might consider drafting your outline for your paper at this point and finding the primary support from the text for your arguments.
 


Unit 7

4-16 March

 


Read Selections from Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti

Please review The Art of Poetry and Soles's entries on poetry.

Discussion 7
Quiz 7

Examination One
 

Section Two Images of Women from the Present

Unit 8

17-25 March

 


Women in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Read Francine Prose's "Scent of a Woman's Ink"

Read Freud, Horney, and Friedan in Xanedu packet

Discussion 8
Quiz 8 

You might consider finding the secondary support from the text for your arguments for you paper at this time, if you haven't already.
 


Unit 9

26 March- 1 April

 


Read Selections from Virginia Woolf and Susan Glaspell

Read Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" 

Discussion 9
Quiz 9 


Unit 10

2-10 April

Please let me know if you want to withdraw from this course by noon on 8 April 2014.

Read Selections from Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, and Margaret Atwood

Read Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Discussion 10
Quiz 10 
 


Unit 11

11-18 April


 

Read selections from Lee's Red as Blood  and her other  works in Xanedu packet

Read Roberts's Birthright

Discussion 11
Quiz 11

Paper
 


Unit 12

19 April-10 May

Read Mott Davidson's Catering to Nobody

Discussion 12
Quiz 12


You are required to complete only one of these last six units, but you may do the others for extra credit.

Paper
due by 28 April 2014
Final Exam by 8 May 2014
 

Unit 13

19 April-10 May

 


Read Selections from Zora Neale Hurston and Gwendolyn Brooks
 

Read Naylor's Linden Hills 

Discussion 13
Quiz 13

You are required to complete only one of these last six units, but you may do the others for extra credit.

Paper
due by 28 April 2014
Final Exam by 8 May 2014
 


Unit 14

19 April-10 May

 

Read Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Discussion 14
Quiz 14

You are required to complete only one of these last six units, but you may do the others for extra credit. 

Paper due by 28 April 2014
Final Exam by 8 May 2014
 


Unit 15

19 April-10 May

Read Brown's The Da Vinci Code

Discussion 15
Quiz 15

You are required to complete only one of these last six units, but you may do the others for extra credit. 

Paper due by 28 April 2014
Final Exam by 8 May 2014
 

Unit 16

19 April-10 May

 

Read Wilson's Lord of the Fading Lands and Lady of Light and Shadows

Discussion 16
Quiz 16

You are required to complete only one of these last six units, but you may do the others for extra credit. 

Paper due by 28 April 2014
Final Exam by 8 May 2014
 


Unit 17

19 April-10 May
 

Read Martin's A Game of Thrones

Discussion 17
Quiz 17

You are required to complete only one of these last six units, but you may do the others for extra credit. 

Paper due by 28 April 2014
Final Exam by 8 May 2014

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

This page was last updated on 09 January 2014 . Copyright Kimberly M. Radek, 2001.