English | Introduction to Feminist Critical Studies
L663 | 21613 | Gubar

L663  21631 GUBAR (#6)
Introduction to Feminist Critical Studies

2:30p – 4:00p TR

This survey opens with classic texts in the history of feminism:
Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and her Three Guineas, excerpts
from Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, and often cited essays by
Audre Lorde, Tillie Olsen, Alice Walker, and Adrienne Rich.  Then we
will read a cluster of feminist scholars attempting to redefine
literary history and the canon.  With a little help from
intellectual historians, we will look at the work of influential
feminist thinkers in psychology and anthropology like Nancy Chodorow
and Gayle Rubin as well as such French theorists as Hélène Cixous
and Luce Irigaray.  Then we will approach the impact of post-
structuralism on American feminism through short texts by Judith
Butler, Joan Scott, and Donna Haraway.  In the second half of the
course, we will focus on recent scholarship on gender in critical
race, post-colonial, sexuality, trauma, masculinity, and cultural

As of yet, there is no adequate anthology of these texts so we will
frequently rely on electronic reserve.  Throughout the semester, we
will be working toward envisioning what principles should shape
future anthologies of feminist theory and criticism.

Students will be asked to produce two one-page response statements
to help generate discussion.  These should be made available on
Oncourse twenty-four hours before the pertinent class session.
There are also two longer required essays, each approximately 10-12
pages long.  At least one week of the semester before midterm and
one week of the semester after midterm will be spent doing writing
workshops on abstracts for papers.