Women's Lib, Women's Lit|
The social movement known as second-wave feminism, but often referred to at the time as "Women's Lib," took center stage in much of the best-selling fiction of the 1970s. This course will look at popular fiction that concerned itself with women's issues and the way it popularized, memorialized, complicated, and contested feminism in the popular imagination. We will look at a range of novels that focused attention on the nature of and possible solutions to women's political, material, and sexual subjection by men. Although our focus will be on the 1970s, we will look at both some important pretexts, and some later responses to the ongoing crises of gendered inequality in the 1980s. We will pay particular attention the gendering of publishing and reception, exploring the contexts in which these books were produced, marketed, reviewed, and read.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Rona Jaffe, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING
Ira Levin, THE STEPFORD WIVES
Ursula K. Le Guin, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS
Marge Piercy, WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME
|Examinations and Assignments: |
4 short essays (3 pages); one longer essay (12-15 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements:
Class of 22: Literatures of Difference, American Lit and Theory and Literary Forms concentrations, elective.
Class of 23 and beyond: Lit. Hist. 3, American Lit., elective.
|Instructor(s): Bachner,Sally Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: CAMS 3; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 6||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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