Wednesdays 6:20-9:00 p.m.
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
Loyola University New Orleans
Revised, August 18, 2012. While everything is always subject to revision, this material is now confirmed. Note that this course will be videotaped for students in the Distance Learning Program (DLP).
Lady Wisdom instructing her disciples
We are the custodians of
world's best kept secret:
Re-vision--the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction--is for women more than a chapter of cultural history: it is an act of survival. --from "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Revision" by Adrienne Rich
Literature and language, as we sometimes forget, do teach values, do shape images and perceptions of self, of society, and of how these are related. ---from Myths of Co-Education by Florence Howe
These quotations help to define the specific goals of this course on writing by women:
--Weekly comments posted on Blackboard.com.
--One formal essay (including preliminary work; 1200-1500 words).
TENTATIVE TEXT LISTS
The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Traditions in English [Third Edition]. Eds. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New York: Norton, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-393-18850-9 [includes bundled copy of Wide Sargasso Sea]
Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. 1929; New York: Harvest, 1989. ISBN: 0156787334
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. 1966; New York: Norton, 1996. ISBN: 0393308804 [if purchased separately or not from Loyola Bookstore]
Instant Access: The Pocket Reference for Writers. Michael L. Keene and Katherine H. Adams. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0072819928
Many of these books may also
be available for purchase at Maple
Street Books (support your local bookstores!).
trying to cut costs, some texts are also available
through other commercial booksellers.
Week 1: Introductions:
*Note on Loyola Email and Blackboard:
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