Women and Literature

L207 — Spring 2020

Instructor
Stephanie Li
Days and Times
11:15-12:30 MW
Course Description

Focusing on contemporary American literature, this course explores the contributions of women writers. We will read in a wide variety of genres including memoirs, novels, essays, short stories, and graphic texts in our study of the issues that most concern American women writers of the 20th and 21st century. Discussions will highlight questions of sexuality, the relationship between mothers and daughters, female friendship, and the particular struggles women face in work environments. Considerable emphasis will be placed on student participation in class discussions. Texts to be studied include: Toni Morrison’s Sula, Joan Didion’s Play it as it Lays, Clare Messud’s The Woman Upstairs, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home among many others.