Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201166682015Women's Literature IIElective248
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
Recommended Optional Programme Components
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
1Description of the course; discussion of the general objectives.Introduction and discussion of the course content;
2Literature and the literary canon; literature and ideology; gender and literature.Discussion of the assigned reading materials
3Literature and the literary canon; literature and ideology; gender and literature. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (1847) Analysis and discussion of the novel
4Jean Rhys, Wide Sargossa Sea (1966)Analysis and discussion of the novel
5Nina Baym, “The Madwoman and her Languages: Why I Don’t do Feminist Literary Theory” (1984); Gayatri Spivak, “Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism.”(1985)Discussion of the assigned reading materials
6Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)Analysis and discussion of the novel
7Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Writing beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers (1985)Discussion of the assigned reading materials
8Ara sınav
9Simone de Beauvoir, The Woman Destroyed (1967); aging in comtemporary literature; a new fictional genre: the reifungsromanAnalysis and discussion of the novel
10Eudora Welty, The Optimist’s Daughter (1972)Analysis and discussion of the novel
11Eudora Welty, The Optimist’s Daughter (1972); One Writer’s Beginnings (1984).Analysis and discussion of the novel
12Ntozake Shange, Betsey Brown (1985)Analysis and discussion of the novel
13Gail Godwin, Finishing School (1984) Analysis and discussion of the novel
14Erica Jong, Inventing Memory (1997)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
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination13030
Final Examination13030
Attending Lectures14228
Report Presentation10220
Writing Paper14040
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12525
Individual Study for Final Examination12525
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO135  2  45 
LO2 52 4    5
LO33  5 42   
LO4 3  2     
LO5  5 5    4
LO655  5 3 4 
LO7 54  4 3  
LO85  4      
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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