ENGL 255: Women's Literature

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Examines literature written by women of various cultural backgrounds to recognize and appreciate women's contribution to history, society, and the arts. Emphasis is on women's literary voice and women's unique cultural experience, including ideas central to feminism and femininity, through examination of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama.

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Course Learning Outcomes

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  1. Exploring the wide variety of texts written by women and understanding women’s contributions to culture, society, and history; how those texts have identified or reflected gender norms and biases and also played a central role in critiquing those norms and biases; exploring the wide variety of women’s experience and how women have confronted discrimination through literature.
  2. Building an understanding of feminism, the history of the feminist movement, and women’s identity through literature.
  3. Reading and analyzing women’s literature from a variety of cultural groups to gain cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  4. Examining literature as a reflection of expressions of power related to women’s experiences.
  5. Responding personally to literature in regards to identity, biases, and discrimination.
  6. Responding to literature in discussion and writing.


Periodic evaluation through student in-class discussion, papers, and exams.
At least two papers.
At least two exams.