Beard—Spring 2012 1
ENG 153: Introduction to Women Authors
Mourning and Memory in Women’s WritingENG 153-001MW 12:40-2:30113 Ernst Bessey HallMs. Erin Beard email@example.comOffice: 107 Morrill HallOffice Hours: T 1-2, W 3-4or by appointmentCourse Description As an introductory English course, ENG 153 aims to begin to teach students techniques of literarystudy within the context of literature by women. Students will develop skills essential for literarystudy through intensive reading and writing practices including close reading and analytic writing.In this course, we will approach literature with the understanding that thoughtful writing begins asa careful reading practice and that reading and writing are inseparable activities. As such, we willconcentrate on intensive reading practices along with note taking, developing questions for literarystudy, and the process of analytic writing. Additionally, we will read Anglophone literature by women ranging from the seventeenth century to the present day. We will consider the question“What is women’s literature?” throughout the semester while also considering how the experiencesof women in various contexts affects the literature that they write, particularly in the context of mourning and memory. Within this context we will think about the following questions: How do women experience mourning? How do women represent mourning and memory in their writing?How is mourning a kind of memory practice or vice versa? Is there such a thing as “women’smourning?” How does mourning represent different kinds of familial, gendered, love, andspatial/material relationships? It is possible to represent mourning or memory? What can women’s writing tell us about human subjectivity? How does the experience of loss or attachment influenceidentity formation? In addition to these questions, students will work collaboratively to developother questions within the context of each text, eventually developing those questions into a finalanalytic, argumentative paper.Required Texts You must buy the exact edition listed. ISBNs are listed next to the MLA citation for the book tofacilitate online purchases. You must bring the text to class on the day it is assigned.Bechdel, Alison.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
. New York: Mariner, 2007. Print. Kindle edition acceptable.Carson, Anne.
. New York: New Directions, 2010. Print. Cather, Willa.
. Ed. Janet Sharistanian. New York: Oxford UP, 2006. Print.. Any Oxford edition is permitted.Johnstone, Edith.
A Sunless Heart.
Ed. Constance Harsh. Orchard Park, NY: Broadview, 2008.Print. Maso, Carole.
The Art Lover
. New York: New Directions, 1995. Print.