SRJC Course Outlines

6/17/2024 3:56:07 PMENGL 15 Course Outline as of Spring 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 15Title:  WOMEN IN LITERATURE  
Full Title:  Women in Literature
Last Reviewed:5/13/2002

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Study of the tradition of women writing fiction, poetry and drama. While focusing on women in the western literary tradition, attention will be paid to work from other cultures. Approach will be interdisciplinary, with reference to history, sociology, psychology and art. Study will include examination of the place of women in literary history, and the role of changing models of literary criticism.

Eligibility for Engl 1A or equivalent.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of the tradition of women writing fiction, poetry, and drama. While focusing on women writing in the Western literary tradition, attention will be paid to work from other cultures.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Eligibility for Engl 1A or equivalent.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive:Fall 2010
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesSpring 1991Fall 2010
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981Fall 2010
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2010
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2010

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students will:
1. Read, analyze and evaluate works by women writers of the past
   and present.
2. Study historical patterns which have influenced women's literary
3.  Identify the traditions of women writing within the genre conventions.
4.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the archetypal use of
   women in literature.
5. Examine the discipline of women's studies, particularly as it
   applies to the study of literature.
6.  Differentiate among schools of criticism which have influenced
   the works of women writers and which have influenced the study
   of women writers.
7.  Analyze historical, sociological and psychological trends which have
   influenced the role of women writers and which have shaped the study
   of their work.
8.  Identify the central themes within the traditions of women writers.
9.  Study the influence of gender, race and class on literary production,
   publication, and canon-forming.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Ancient texts: Sappho and her sisters.
2.  The Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
     A. Themes
          1. retelling biblical myths
          2. chivalric texts
          3. women in the lyrics
     B. Writers
          1. religious figures
          2. personal writing
          3. misconceptions about the role of the medieval woman
          4. women in texts by men
3.  The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: "The moment when the
   middle-class woman began to write".
     A. Early professionals: Anne Bradstreet and Aphra Behn
     B. Expanded opportunities: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary
     C. Images of continued misogyny
4.  The Nineteenth Century: The Golden Age.
     A. The development of the novel
     B. Romanticism and the Gothic
     C. "Madwoman in the attic"
     D. "The angle in the house"
     E. The New Woman
5.  The Twentieth Century.
     A. Turn of the Century
          1. The developing American voice: "The American Girl"
          2. Other new voices from the colonies
     B. Modernist Literature
          1. New "women's voice": Richardson, Stein, Woolf
          2. Alternative world views
     C. Contemporary Literature
          1. Poetry
          2. Fiction
          3. Drama

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1.  Assigned readings from text, plus supplementary handouts.
2.  Some assigned reading of secondary texts.
3.  Self-directed research projects.
1.  Reader response essays or journal writing, both in class and at home.
2.  Critical essays covering units of study, themes, or individual
3.  Research projects (i.e., annotated bibliography, classroom
   presentation on author or theme, survey of criticism).
4.  Final essay exam.
5.  Short objective quizzes.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 70%
Written homework, Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Group oral presentations
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participation in class discussion.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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   2nd ed.,Gilbert and Gubar, 1996.
LITERARY FEMINISMS, Ruth Robbins. Transitions, 2000.
A LITERATURE OF THEIR OWN, Elaine Showalter. Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.
   and Herndl, eds., 1997.
RECOMMENDED - Literary criticism focusing on issues surrounding women

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