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Constructing Female Identity through 20th Century Literature

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Fall 2009
English 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:


The goal of this course is to examine one central question through various popular works of the 20th century: "how do we define/construct womanhood?" We are going to be reading the following four novels:

 1. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

2. Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

3. Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

4. Plath, The Bell Jar

and perhaps some short poems/stories. 

 My ultimate goal is that as a group, we can bring our own experiences with gender into terms with the way gender is portrayed through literature, and on a larger scale, how gender issues play out in society as a whole.

I want to stress the fact that this class is going to be somewhat organically formed, centered around group discussion rather than lecture-based.

 Please also do not be intimidated by the work load! I promise to keep it fairly light and simple while still providing enough assignments for us to maintain deep conversation.

How to Enroll:

  • Class will be held W 5:30-7:30 in 221 Wheeler.
  • First class will be September 2.
  • This is a 2-unit course.
  • There are 25 spots in the class (10 lower-div, 15 upper-div).This will be decided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • This course is open to all majors.
  • You need not be a woman to be in this class--people of all genders and gender identities are encouraged to attend class!

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to e-mail me!!!

Course Contact: JnnLFrench AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Julia Bader

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Jennifer French
25221 WheelerW: 5:30-7:309/09full

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