southern women writers
[an online course]
Dr. Barbara C. Ewell
loyola university new orleans
|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, who
are 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 last two centuries--including Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora
Welty, Alice Walker, and Ellen Douglas, as well as lesser
known writers like Julia Peterkin, Doris Betts, and
Elizabeth Keckley, along with several writers of the
twenty-first century, including Valerie Martin, Brenda
Osbey, Jesamyn Ward and Natasha Tretheway. And as we
read--and write--we will try to learn something about our
own experiences of the South, of women, and of
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,
and a final collaborative electronic presentation of your
course is conducted through the internet
(Blackboard), though there will be a brief organizational
on-campus meeting on Friday evening, August 26 (5:30 p.m.--7:00
p.m.) [place tba] and (probably) a final class
meeting on Friday evening, December 9. Please contact me
after August 1, if serious hardship or unavoidable
conflict will keep you from attending the required
organizational meeting. Students within driving distance
should plan to attend--and attendees will find that the
course goes much more smoothly.
The following is a proposed list of texts and writers, but changes and substitutions will occur. *Starred texts may be alternates, and some texts may also be available as e-texts. Don't buy anything yet that you don't want to read.
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
Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina. New York: Plume, 1993. ISBN: 0452269571
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
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. 1937. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. ISBN-10: 0061120065
Martin, Valerie. Property. New York: Vintage, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0375713309
Walker, Alice. Meridian. New York: Pocket Books, 1990. ISBN: 067172701X
Welty, Eudora. One Writerís Beginnings. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1995. ISBN: 0674639278
* Other texts to be selected in first class: Natasha Tretheway, Thrall; Cristina Garcia, The Aguero Sisters; Minrose Gwin, The Queen of Palmyra; or Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones.
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.
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."
Wiki Presentation of
A comprehensive essay exam. Due on or about December 12.
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.