Women’s Literature

Introduction to literature by or about women; includes critical analysis and writing about literature.

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American Authors: American Women Authors, Spring 2003
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Examines in detail the works of several American authors. Through close readings of poetry, novels, or plays, subject addresses such issues as literary influence, cultural diversity, and the writer's career. Topic: American Women Authors. This subject, crosslisted in Literature and Women's Studies, examines a range of American women authors from the seventeenth century to the present. It aims to introduce a number of literary genres and styles- the captivity narrative, slave novel, sensational, sentimental, realistic, and postmodern fiction- and also to address significant historical events in American women's history: Puritanism, the American Revolution, industrialization and urbanization in the nineteenth century, the Harlem Renaissance, World War II, the 60s civil rights movements. A primary focus will be themes studied and understood through the lens of gender: war, violence, and sexual exploitation (Keller, Rowlandson, Rowson); the relationship between women and religion (Rowlandson, Rowson, Stowe); labor, poverty, and working conditions for women (Fern, Davis, Wharton); captivity and slavery (Rowlandson, Jacobs); class struggle (Fern, Davis, Wharton, Larsen); race and identity (Keller, Jacobs, Larsen, Morrison); feminist revisions of history (Stowe, Morrison, Keller); and the myth of the fallen woman (take your pick). Essays and inclass reports will focus more particularly on specific writers and themes and will stress the skills of close reading, annotation, research, and uses of multimedia where appropriate. A classroom electronic archive has been developed for this course and will be available as a resource for images and other media materials.

Subject:
Literature
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kelley
Wyn
Date Added:
01/01/2003
American Women's Literature, 1847 to 1922
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LibriVox recording of a collection of 20 short stories and long-form poetry by American women writers. (Summary by BellonaTimes)

Includes selections from Mary E. Wilkins, Kate Chopin, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Dunbar, Willa Cather, Lola Ridge, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Fannie Hurst, Zitkala-Sa, Amy Lowell, Hilda Doolittle, Elinor Wylie, Lucretia P. Hale, Edna Ferber, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Lydia Maria Child, Sara Teasdale, Susan Fenimore Cooper, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.

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Literature
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Reading
Author:
Alice Dunbar
Amy Lowell
and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Edna Ferber
Elinor Wylie
Fannie Hurst
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Hilda Doolittle
Kate Chopin
Lola Ridge
Louisa May Alcott
Lucretia P. Hale
Lydia Maria Child
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
Mary E. Wilkins
Sara Teasdale
Susan Fenimore Cooper
Willa Cather
Zitkala-Sa
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07/29/2019
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Echo and Narcissus: Women's Voices in Classical Hollywood Cinema Review Rubric
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This is a review of Lawrence, Amy. Echo and Narcissus: Women's Voices in Classical Hollywood Cinema. Berkeley:  University of California Press,  c1991 1991. http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft2x0nb1hx/https://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=1012746completed by Alyson Blythe, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities Coordinator at Fletcher Technical Community College. 

Subject:
Literature
Film and Music Production
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Alyson Blythe
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Emory Women Writers Resource Project
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The Emory Women Writers Resource Project is a collection of edited and unedited texts by women writing from the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century.

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Literature
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Sheila Cavanagh
Woodruf Library
Date Added:
07/29/2019
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Genre, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers Review Rubric
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This is a review of Paszkiewicz, Katarzyna. Genre, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2008. Open Research Library. completed by Alyson Blythe, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities Coordinator at Fletcher Technical Community College. 

Subject:
Literature
Film and Music Production
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Alyson Blythe
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Great Writers Inspire: Feminist Approaches to Literature
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This section brings together resources from the across the Great Writers Inspire site to illustrate how these can be used as a starting point for exploration of or classroom discussion about the political aspects of literature. The 'Feminist Approaches to Literature' essay presents a basic introduction to feminist literary theory, and a compendium of Great Writers Inspire resources that can be approached from a feminist perspective. It introduces a series of topics and questions and gives examples of resources to explore. It is aimed at teachers, students and anyone who is interested in literature who wants to put text into context and be inspired by Great Writers.

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Literature and Composition
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Provider:
University of Oxford
Provider Set:
Great Writers Inspire
Author:
Alex Pryce
Erin Johnson
Jennifer Batt
Kate O'Connor
Date Added:
11/11/2019
Introduction to Women's Literature Syllabus
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This syllabus is for ENGL 2996: Introduction to Women's Literature at Fletcher Technical Community College. The course covers women's literature in a historical context and includes extensive media sources.

Subject:
Literature
History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Syllabus
Author:
Alyson Blythe
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers, Spring 2004
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Examines cultural developments within European literature from different societies at different time-periods throughout the Middle Ages (500-1500). Considers--from a variety of political, historical, and anthropological perspectives--the growth of institutions (civic, religious, educational, and economic) which shaped the personal experiences of individuals in ways that remain quite distinct from those of modern Western societies. Texts mostly taught in translation. Topics vary and include: Courtly Literature of the High and Late Middle Ages, Medieval Women Writers, Chaucer and the 14th Century, and the Crusades.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Religious Studies
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Cain, James
Date Added:
01/01/2004
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Moving Pictures Review Rubric
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This is a review of Sharman, Russell Leigh. Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema. University of Arkansas, 2020. Open Textbook Library. https://uark.pressbooks.pub/movingpictures/ completed by Alyson Blythe, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities Coordinator at Fletcher Technical Community College.   

Subject:
Literature
Film and Music Production
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Alyson Blythe
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Postcolonial Women Writers
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Professor Elleke Boehmer notes the distinct lack of women writers on the Post/Colonial Writing page of the Great Writers website, and explores why this is the case. She draws attention to the phenomenon of double colonization and, taking Scottish/South African author Zoe Wicomb as an example, looks at the marketing and publishing industries to discuss why postcolonial women writers are less well-known than their male counterparts. This audio recording is part the Interviews on Great Writers series presented by Oxford University Podcasts.

Subject:
Literature and Composition
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Oxford
Provider Set:
University of Oxford Podcasts
Author:
Elleke Boehmer, Dominic Davies
Date Added:
10/08/2012
Victorian Women Writers Project- Home
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The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) began in 1995 at Indiana University and is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. VWWP contains scores of authors, both prolific and rare.

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Date Added:
07/29/2019