Women Warriors / Women Writers
English 367.02 (07741-0): The U.S. Experience as Reflected in Literature
Autumn 1999, W/F: 9:30 - 11:18 A.M., 200 Aviation Building
This course will explore American female consciousness through literature by
American women. We'll examine different women's diverse and contradictory feelings
about biology, gender, sex-uality, patriarchy, feminism, and women's writing.
The one thing that makes them a community (and we shall certainly debate this,
my bias, in class) is their efforts to battle (men, women, their respective
cultures in general) for control and agency over their identities. As we read
the poetry, plays, a novel, a television show, and a film, we'll also develop
critical thinking skills that allow us to not only interrogate but also appreciate
the literature that we experience. The goal is not merely to understand their
themes and theses, but rather to question them in order to define ourselves.
To accomplish these important tasks, we must practice argumentation; we must
articulate ourselves in open class discussion, andperhaps more importantlyin
writing. Besides constant class participation, we'll submit short response papers
to the course discussion page, write weekly quizzes that explain significant
passages of the literature we're reading, and delve deeply into one work in
a four-page paper. In order to further our studies and raise our own arguments'
credibility, we'll incorporate what others have written about these piece of
literaturecursively in an annotated bibliography and fully in a research paper
which be shared with the class as an oral presentation.
Chopin, Kate: The Awakening, Norton Critical
Kingston, Maxine Hong: The Woman Warrior
Rich, Adrienne: Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose,
Norton Critical Ed.
Treadwell, Sophie: Machinal
a course packet (Tuttle COP-EZ)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature,
(2nd Ed. available at Main Library ETC Reading Room,
PN83.G72 1986 c.2)
Assignments and Grade Distribution
3 web-discussion submissions (250 words each at 5% each), 15%
You must sign up to write 2 papers which respond to particular reading assignments, 1 to literature
and 1 to criticism. These semi-formal papers should 1) report theses, issues,
and, contexts of the work as well as define key terms, 2) respond critically
to the work, and 3) ask two questions or identify two issues for class discussion.
The third submission will be an abstract of your research paper in progress.
Because your peers and I need time to check our email, papers/abstracts for
Wednesday's class must be submitted to the course
web discussion page by noon Monday, those for Friday's by noon
an oral presentation (10 minutes), 5%
The final days of the quarter will be spent hearing
presentations on individual research papers. These 5-10 minute (no more than
10 please!) oral reports should give your peers and me a good idea of what issues
your final paper is going to explore. Provide us with your thesis (however tentative)
and what evidence (primary and secondary) you base that theory upon, and we'll
provide you with some feedback about the soundness of your arguments and quality
of your research. As noted above, this assignment is used in conjunction with
one response paper; however, the web discussion paper and the oral presentation
will be accessed separately in order to allow for your ideas to take shape,
even if over the period of two days. More instructions to come.
a four-page paper (typed, double-spaced, 1000 words), 25%
This explanatory annotation paper should either explain
an assigned reading's most significant passage or compare/contrast two assigned
readings's most significant passages. More instructions to come.
a preliminary bibliography (20 sources), ungraded
Due before the annotated bibliography, the purpose
of this assignment is for you to determine if you have a researchable topic.
If your search strategy does not locate approximately 20 sources, your topic
needs to be rethought and you should confer with me.
an annotated bibliography (10 sources, 50 words per annotation), 10%
As preparation for the final research paper, the
purpose of this assignment is to compile and evaluate sources for a research
topic or author. Annotations should summarize theses or controlling ideas
and discuss the validity of the text’s argument. More instructions to
an eight-page final research paper (typed, double-spaced, 2000 words),
The paper should either 1) extend a conversation
regarding an assigned reading by researching others’
interpretations of the work and/or comparing it with selections of the author’s
other work, 2) read and research another work by a female writer (subject to
my approval), or 3) researching a topic or issue initiated in class conversation.
The paper must incorporate and quote at least 4-5 secondary sources. More
instructions to come.
peer response and class participation, 15%
This grade is determined by both class participation
and the peer responses for first drafts of the explanatory annotation paper
and the research paper. Peer responses, of approximately 150 words, should be
critical yet sensitive in their evaluation of the form (thesis, support, style,
voice, organization) and content (thesis, argument, use of evidence) of their
peers' first drafts. Class participation is vital in illuminating the multiple
perspectives of the controversial issues and the divergent interpretations of
the assigned readings that we'll be discussing. In order to participate in class,
you must have read the assignments. To get the conversation started, approximately
every other class we'll have a brief quiz and two or three students will be
selected at random to read their quiz, to which the class is expected to respond.
Composing a 250-word discussion response to a piece
of secondary (critical) reading of an author who we've recently read or will
soon read, will elevate your response paper grades, depending on the quality
of the response. Composing another will elevate your quiz grades.
The Course Web Site
The course web site contains
links to online resources, handouts, writing samples, the discussion page, and
the syllabus that will help you complete the assignments (Sample student essays
and course readings are private; so don't forget the username and password I
provided in class). The private course
web discussion page provides two functionsfirst, to share writing and ideas
that provoke in-class discussion; and second, to make course announcements and
reminders. I encourage all to read these informative messages, not to mention
share your perspective with the rest of the class; but, obviously, anything
above and beyond the three assigned responses is not required.
There will be a one letter grade deduction per day
for all assignments that are turned in late. An extension may be given if absolutely necessary and warranted.
Drafting and Revision
First drafts of the explanatory annotation paper
and the research paper will undergo peer response—and my response if you so
desire—from which you can revise a second draft which will be turned in for
a grade. Though I will not grade first drafts, I do require (and check)
that they meet at least three-fourth of the page limit—three pages for the
first paper, six for the research paper. Failure to meet this minimum
will result in a one-third letter deduction from the paper’s final grade (an
“A” will become an “A-”). If you provide your peers no draft at all, you
will earn a one letter grade deduction on the final grade. The explanatory
annotation paper, but not individual responses, or the research paper, may be
revised once after receiving a grade with my comments for a new grade assessment.
After the first paper, but before the annotated bibliography,
you must sign up for an individual conference in order that we can talk about
your first paper and research paper topics. Though no more conferences
are required, I encourage you to see me during my office hours (or by appointment)
to talk about any course concerns you have.
Don’t do it. Using someone else’s words, ideas,
or work without proper citation and representing it as your own is the most
serious of academic offenses. All cases of suspected plagiarism will be
reported to the Committee on Academic Misconduct.
Unexcused absences will not be tolerated.
Family emergences, illness/injury with doctor’s note, jury duty, athletic or
other collegiate competition, religious holidays, and so forth constitute excused
absences. Bring notes within one week of your return to class or I will
not accept the excuse. Two-thirds of a letter grade will be deducted from
your final grade for every unexcused absence beyond two. (An “A”will become
a “B+”.) Five unexcused absences will result in your failure of the course.
I do not tolerate tardiness either. Two unexcused tardies equals one unexcused
absence. Tardies will affect your grade. I strongly suggest not
being late because quizzes will be given in the first five minutes of class.
If you know in advance that you have to miss or be late for a class, please
notify me beforehand in order that we can make arrangements regarding missed
On the Monday after finals week, I will have your
final research papers ready for you to pick up. Make an appointment with
me to retrieve your work, or I will discard it after two quarters.
The staff of the Writing Center serve as readers
and responders to writing for English 110, English 367 and other university
disciplines. Besides giving feedback, these English graduate students
can help with other writing issues such as topic development, organization,
coherence, clarity, and self-editing. To make an appointment, call 292-5607
or stop by 338 Denney Hall M/W 8:30-5:30, T/R 8:30-7:30, and F 8:30-1:30.
The Ombud is a resource for students and teachers
of English 110 and 367. If you have any concerns about the course but
feel you cannot speak with me, please feel free to consult with the Ombud.
All conversations are confidential.
|Ombud: Mike King
||Office: Denney Hall 363
|Office Hours: M/W 8:30-9:30, 12-5
||Office Phone: 292-5778
Office of Disability Services
If you have any specific needs or concerns, please
feel free to discuss the issue with me during office hours. Students with
disabilities who need accommodations should be registered at the Office for
Disability Services (292-3307).
This schedule is subject to change, so listen in class and check online for possible revisions.
||Introductions, Syllabus Concerns
Atwood: "Fiction: Happy Endings" (4pp, packet)
Bishop: "In the Waiting Room" (3pp, packet)
Piercy: "Barbie Doll" (2pp, packet)
Tyson: "Feminist Criticism" (21pp, packet)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (5-13, 146-150)
Writing a Position or Response Paper
Gilman: "The Yellow Wallpaper" (12pp, packet)
Glaspell: "Trifles" (12pp, packet)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (15-26)
Writing an Essay Examination or Quiz
Chopin: The Awakening (110pp)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (27-55)
Paper 1 Prompt: Writing an Explanation or Comparison Paper
Chopin criticism (sign up for selected
article(s), approximately 10pp)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (153-173)
Writing an Explanation or Comparison Paper continued
Treadwell: Machinal (83pp)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (57-81; 175-191)
Writing an Explanation or Comparison Paper continued
Writing a Peer Response Paper
Due: Paper 1, Draft 1
Atwood: selected poetry (20pp, Main Library Reserves)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (83-112)
Due: Paper 1, Draft 1 Peer Responses
Rich: Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose TBA from the 1950s/60s
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (241-261)
Revising a Paper
Televison Episode: The X-Files, "Humbug"
½ class read Wilcox and Williams: "'What Do You Think?': The
X-Files, Liminality, and Gender Pleasure" (22pp, packet)
½ class read Parks: "Special Agent or Monstrosity: Finding the
Feminine in The X-Files" (22pp, packet)
Research Paper Prompt: Determining a Topic and a Question
***meet in Lord Hall Room 19
Due: Paper 1, Draft 2
Research Paper Prompt: Finding Sources
***meet in Denney Hall Room 316
Rich continued TBA from the 1970s (30pp)
Rich criticism (sign up for selected
articles, approximately 10pp)
Griffith: Writing Essays about Literature (193-240)
Rich continued TBA from the 1980s (30pp)
Annotated Bibliography Prompt: Writing an Evaluation of a Source
Due: Preliminary Bibliography (20 sources)
Film: Gas, Food, Lodging
***meet in Lord Hall 19
Wood: "Images and Women" (15pp, Main Library Reserves)
Kingston: The Woman Warrior (208pp)
Writing a Research Paper
Due: Annotated Bibliography
Writing a Research Paper continued
Research Paper Presentations
||Research Paper Presentations
||No Class: Thanksgiving
Research Paper Presentations
Due: Research Paper, Draft 1
Due: Research Paper, Draft 1 Peer Responses
||Due: Research Paper, Draft 2 by 5:00 P.M. Thursday