ENCR 4500 - 001(Fem Theory)

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Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism: Feminist Theory

An introduction to American feminist criticism and theory.  This course pairs novels and other works by women with theoretical essays in order to contrast diverse feminist approaches. I expect to explore such themes as looking/voyeurism, mother-daughter relations, mobility/migration, incarceration/escape, and conflicts/commonalities among women.  We will also broach such theoretical issues as how to periodize the development of feminist theory, the contributions of queer theory, the logic of canon formation, the meanings of third-wave feminism, and the way gender intersects with other axes of identity (race, sexuality, class, etc.).  Possible primary texts (still very tentative) include Jane Eyre (1847), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), The Well of Loneliness (1928), Mona in the Promised Land (1997), a contemporary film, graphic narrative, and popular romance.  Probable theorists include Laura Mulvey, Eve Sedgwick, Susan Stanford Friedman, Chandra Mohanty, and Judith Butler, among a great many others.  5-page paper, 10-page paper, and a final exam.  Please contact me in advance if you would like to be put on my (non-electronic) waiting list.

Susan Fraiman