|In this course, we will
examine the traditions and texts of women writers in the
southern region of the United States. By close readings and
writing about these authors from different historical
periods, from different economic and racial backgrounds,
writing in a variety of genres, we will try to understand
how writing as a southerner and as a woman shapes one's work
and achievement. We will also try to get some insight into
the assumptions that have shaped these individuals' personal
and cultural experience as southerners, as women, and as
writers. In the process, we will read works by some of the
most distinguished writers of the twentieth
century--including Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, and Ellen
Douglas, as well as lesser known writers like Julia
Peterkin, Doris Betts, and Elizabeth Keckley, along with
some writers of the twenty-first century, such as Valerie
Martin or Natasha Trethewey. And as we read--and write--we
will try to learn something about our own experiences of the
South, of women, and of writing.
Requirements will include reading and reflection on the texts, participation in weekly discussion forums on Blackboard.com, and the completion of a multi-part research and writing project on a southern woman writer.
* An online course is conducted through the internet (Blackboard). To be successful, online courses require that students have some degree of self-discipline. This is NOT A SELF-PACED course--there are regular weekly deadlines.Tentative List of Required Texts:
The following is a proposed list of texts and writers, but changes and substitutions may occur. *Starred texts may be alternates, and some texts may also be available as e-texts.
Weaks, Mary Lou and Carolyn Perry, eds. Southern Women's Writing: Colonial to Contemporary. Gainesville: U P of Florida, 1995. ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-1411-1
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening and Selected Stories. New York: Penguin, 1989. ISBN: 01403900227
Douglas, Ellen. Canít Quit You, Baby. New York: Penguin Books, 1989. ISBN: 0140121021
Martin, Valerie. Property. New York: Vintage, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0375713309
Welty, Eudora. One Writerís Beginnings. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1995. ISBN: 0674639278
Instant Access: The Pocket Reference for Writers. Michael L. Keene and Katherine H. Adams. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 0072819928
These books may also be available for purchase at Maple Street
Books (support your local bookstores!). If you're
trying to cut costs, many texts are also available
secondhand through other commercial booksellers. Some may
also be available as rentals at the Loyola Bookstore.
participation in these weekly discussions, including the
timely submission of comments and responses, will be
graded contractually (all assignments = A; fewer = B,
etc.) and will constitute your "class attendance."
be responsible for timely and regular contributions to the
discussion group every week. If any lateness or
irregularity persists in your submissions, you will be
asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.
Keeping up with these discussions is one of the most challenging parts of an online course, and falling behind is the chief reason for attrition--just remember that "online" isn't the same as "self-paced."
A comprehensive essay exam. Exemptions will be granted when all course work is submitted on time.
IF YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS NOT ACCURATE IN LORA and on BLACKBOARD, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE--even if you register for it.