Constructing Female Identity through 20th Century Literature
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:
|Jennifer French||25||221 Wheeler||W: 5:30-7:30||9/09||full||—|
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