Introduction to Women's Literature
This course offers a glimpse into the diverse body of literary works written by women in the United States over the last 150 years or so. Women’s literature provides a window into lives that have historically been underrepresented in mainstream literature and mass media. As we look through this window, we find diverse attitudes about what it means to “be” a woman, and we may find calls to action that would otherwise go unnoticed. We’ll pay particular attention to the images, narratives, and actions that occur in and/or are suggested by the texts, especially how these textual features often alternatively construct and challenge what it means to be and act as a woman. As we both connect with and grapple with the literature together, we’ll no doubt end up asking other kinds of questions, as well.