ENGL 485

Literature and Gender

This course explores the dynamics of gender in literature. Students analyze literary texts to raise questions about the intellectual, social, cultural, political, and philosophical contexts from which they emerge. Issues discussed include sexual politics and power; the relation of imperialism and racism to questions of gender; and the influence of gender on writing as an act of self-determination. The course sometimes deals with a selection of material from the historical literary tradition and sometimes with more contemporary authors, either from the U.S. (Wharton, Rukyser, Morrison) or abroad (Gordimer, Hulme, Jhabvala).