Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201166592015Women's Literature IElective238
Level of Course Unit
Third Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course aims to demonstrate the impact of gender on literature and literary analysis and attempts a critical examination of ideas and traditions of women’s writing.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Dilek Direnç
Learning Outcomes
1To become conscious of the impact of gender on literature as well as on literary criticism.
2To be able to understand the implications of being a woman reader / writer in the formation and transformation of the literary canons.
3To be able to understand the English and American literary traditions of women and to develop critical opinions concerning these traditions.
4To be able to question the literary canons assumed to be based on the universal values.
5To be able to develop a critical understanding about the persisting concerns and recurrent themes, motifs, images, symbols and archetypes, and the use of narrative strategies, particularly point of view and voice in the literature by women.
6To become conscious of the powerful influence that culture, class, region, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion have on women’s writing.
7To become more sensitive readers of culture and literature, especially in terms of gender identities.
8To be able to develop creative and critical thinking through reading and writing.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
The texts covered are selected with the intention of creating awareness for the readers in terms of the recurrent themes and issues encountered in women’s writing; since this course covers the tradition of women writing in English, most of the women writers studied in this course are English and American; yet writers from different ethnic and racial backgrounds within this tradition are included.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Description of the course; discussion of the general objectives. Anne Bradstreet, "The Prologue" (1650) Introduction and discussion of the course content; analysis of the poem
2Literature and the literary canon; literature and ideology; gender and literature; reading as women. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1929) ; “Women and Fiction” in Virginia Woolf on Women and Writing (1929) . Discussion of the assigned reading materials
3Literature and the literary canon; literature and ideology; gender and literature; reading as women. Elaine Showalter, “Women and the Literary Curriculum” (1971); Adrienne Rich, “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision” (1972); Judith Fetterley, The Resisting Reader (1978); Discussion of the articles
4Literature and the literary canon; literature and ideology; gender and literature; reading as women. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1949); Kate Millett, Sexual Politics (1970); Discussion of the assigned reading materials
5Literature and the literary canon; literature and ideology; gender and literature; reading as women. “Dancing Through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticism” (1980); Lillian S. Robinson, “Treason Our Text: Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canon” (1983); Discussion of the assigned reading materials
6Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”; “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’” (1892); Susan Glaspell, Trifles (1916/20) ; Annette Kolodny, “A Map for Rereading: Gender and the Interpretation of Literary Texts” (1980);Analysis of the stories and discussion of the articles
7Elaine Showalter, “The Female Tradition” from A Literature of Their Own (1977); Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar, “Infection in the Sentence: The Woman Writer and the Anxiety of Authorship,” from The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (1979).Discussion of the articles
8Mid-term
9Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899) Analysis and discussion of the novel
10Mary Wilkins Freeman, “A New England Nun” (1891); Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896). Elaine Showalter, “Piecing and Writing” Analysis of the stories and general discussion
11Katherine Anne Porter, The Old Order (1955).Analysis of the stories and general discussion
12Ellen Glasgow, The Sheltered Life (1932) Analysis and discussion of the novel
13Ellen Glasgow, The Sheltered Life (1932) Analysis and discussion of the novel
14Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Analysis and discussion of the novel
15Review of the semester.Review of the assigned readings
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Abel, Elizabeth (ed.), Writing and Sexual Difference ( Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1982) . Marianne Hirsch and Elizabeth Langland ( eds), The Voyage In: Fictions of Female Development ( Hanover, NH, University Press of New England, 1983). Beauvoir, Simone de, The Second Sex [1949], tr. H.M. Parshley (Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1972). Brownstein, Rachel, Becoming a Heroine: Reading about Women in Novels. (Harmondsworth, Penguin,1982). Butler, Judith, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990). Eagleton, Mary (ed.), Feminist Literary Criticism (Longman, 1991). Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 1979). Jacobus, Mary (ed.), Women Writing and Writing about Women (Croom Helm, 1979). Moers, Ellen, Literary Women [1976] ( Women’s Press, 1986). Moi, Toril, Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (Methuen, 1985). Showalter, Elaine, A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Brontë to Lessing [1977], revised ed. (Virago, 1982) (ed.), Speaking of Gender (routledge, 1989). Walker, Alice, In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens (Women’s Press, 1984). The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English. Ed. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New York: Norton & Comp, 1985.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination13030
Final Examination13030
Attending Lectures14228
Discussion14114
Report Preparation10330
Writing Paper22040
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
Reading10110
Report10220
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)242
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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LO435   5   5
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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