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Spring 2013 Course Descriptions

English 4775  Feminist Criticism and Theory

Section 001       CRN 31645
Worthington
Feminist Criticism and Theory    1300-1350 MWF

Our culture has two “F-words.” The other one is “feminist.” One result of this resistance to feminism is a cultural inability to recognize the ways in which patriarchy exerts behavioral control over all of us, both women AND men. Feminist theory can help us recognize these controlling structures and can provide some avenues of resistance to them. In addition, feminist literary criticism takes a variety of approaches to aid in understanding and interpreting literature.

Feminist theory has existed in many different forms for centuries and has seen a veritable explosion in recent decades. Feminist theory can and does explore all of the great issues of western culture and in this course we will examine as much of this thought and writing as we can. We will examine many different literary and philosophical topics through a feminist lens. Such foundational figures as, Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, as well as more contemporary ones like Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Deborah Tannen, Luce Irigaray, Judith Butler, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldua, Jackson Katz and Donna Haraway.

Join the course and find out what “feminist” means; who knows, you may actually be one yourself! All reasoned opinions (feminist or non) are welcome. Requirements will include several short and two longer essays and a final exam. (Group 4)