Wednesdays 6:20-9:00 p.m.
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
Loyola University New Orleans
Posted: October 24, 2014. Information here is provisional. Check for updates.
Lady Wisdom instructing her disciples
We are the custodians of
the 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.
--At least 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
If you're trying to cut costs, some texts are also
available secondhand through other commercial booksellers.
Week 1: Introductions:
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