LITR234 Introduction to British Women Writers

Department of Language & Literature: Literature

I. Course Number and Title
LITR234 Introduction to British Women Writers
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
  • The Department of Language and Literature has determined that all literature courses must require a minimum of at least 2500 words in writing assignments.

  • During the first week of class, the instructor provides students with a weekly suggested reading schedule for the semester.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Course features novels, short stories, poems, plays and other literature by, for, and about women in Britain from the medieval period to the present. Students examine the portrayal of women's lives, the relationship to women's roles in modern society, the expression of multi-cultural developments, and major movements in British literature.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will
      1. analyze literature through discussion and writing;
      2. demonstrate an understanding of such literary terms, themes, strategies, and issues as are relevant to the works being studied;
      3. express their understanding of literature in its historical and socio-cultural milieu;
      4. examine the historical and social conditions of women, and of gender roles, as exemplified and reflected in literature;
      5. recognize the way women writers revise, reflect upon, and resist stereotypes of women in literature; and
      6. recognize the importance and inclusion of multi-cultural themes during the long history of British colonialism.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. Category I
      Cultural Perspectives
      Students will
      1. demonstrate the ability to think independently by reading critically, thinking analytically, and communicating effectively in oral and/or written formats within the context of studying diversity in our culture.

      Category III
      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      Students will
      1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications (Interpretation);
      1. identify the explicit and implied features of a communication, especially in arguments that put forth a conclusion (Analysis skills);
      2. integrate and/or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge (Synthesis);
      1. communicate and justify clearly the results of their reasoning (presenting Argument Skills).
      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
      Students will
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments;
      2. identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion, or industry.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    This course focuses on novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and other writing by, for, and about women in Britain. Starting with the medieval period of anti-feminism, the course moves through the Renaissance and intervening periods of British history, concluding with the multi-cultural awareness of the present. By examining the diverse and powerful voices of British women writers, various themes emerge: women’s roles in society, male/female relationships, the domestic versus the public sphere, the implications of colonialism, the roles of British women in the cataclysm of war, and the rights of modern women.
    In addition:
    1. Students enter the course both with and without training in verbal analysis of literature; therefore, a subsidiary set of objectives dealing with literary analysis may be imported as individual student needs dictate.
    2. Reading remains the basic learning method available to students although various means of instruction are employed: Lectures, group discussion, mock trials, role playing, individual or group presentations to the class, team teaching, library research, etc.
    3. Through reading, writing, discussion, and various class activities, students identify, explain, and analyze the following: formal elements of the literature, particularly images, image patterns, narrative strategies, diction, and structural divisions of the work; themes and thematic patterns; literary periods, movements, and terms as appropriate to the literature.
    4. The writing requirement complies with Department standards for literature courses, a minimum of 2,500 words. Writing assignments reflect the course goals that students can comprehend, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the literature.
    5. Because there are no prerequisites for literature courses, it is important that students understand the kind and quality of the writing expected.
    6. Students use various critical approaches as ways of assigning the meanings in the work; these include but are not limited to the major critical schools—humanistic, ethical, socio-cultural, historical (both the history of events and the history of ideas), psychological, mythical, and formal.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. To evaluate all course-specific learning goals and objectives, instructors may determine the depth and quality of student comprehension and critical thinking through several analytical essays (2500 words total required), exams, quizzes, journals, oral or multi-media presentations, class discussions, conferences with individual students, service learning projects, and other methods as necessary to course content.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. To evaluate all Core learning goals and objectives, instructors may determine the depth and quality of student comprehension and critical thinking through several analytical essays (2500 words total required), exams, quizzes, journals, oral or multi-media presentations, class discussions, conferences with individual students, service learning projects, and other methods as necessary to course content. At least one assignment must include the students’ analysis of international, minority, or multi- cultural themes inherent in the literature.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    An anthology or selected works of British women writers, which may include novels, short stories, drama, poems, essays, letters, journals, religious tracts, and other writing, is assigned. This may be supplemented by additional readings.
    See individual course formats.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 11/00; Core Goals/Objectives added 4/04; Revised 5/2010