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Constructing Female Identity in 20th Century Literature

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Spring 2010
English 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Update (2/1): A few spots have opened up in the course, so I will still be admitting interested students. Please e-mail me & use the CCN listed.

I want to preface by saying this course does NOT limit enrollment to women. Men are ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP!!! The more perspectives, the better.

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 three novels:

 1. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

2. Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

3. 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:

Enrollment: First come, first served.

When: Tuesdays 5-7

Where: 229 Dwinelle

30 spots in the class (15 lower div, 15 upper div)

Lower Div: 28130

Upper Div: 28418

Course Contact: JnnLFrench AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Julia Bader

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
1Jennifer French
30229 DwinelleTu 5p-7p1/26started

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