Comparative Literature | Women in World Literature
C340 | 1214 | Jones

*Carries a Culture Studies & AHLA Credit*
Meets with EALC E321
This course will examine writings by modern women authors on the subject
of women.  Primary texts for this course have been chosen from Japanese
literature, but because the class will be taught from a comparative
perspective, we will also read a few Western texts.  As is well known,
women figure prominently in the formation of classical literary genres in
Japan.  Although women fell into the shadows of male authors during the
medieval and early-modern times, women's movements and the increased
visibility of intellectual women during the late 19th century paved the
way for the current success of women writers in Japan.  The course will
begin with early modern writers such as Jane Austen and Higuchi Ichiyo and
into the twentieth century by reading the works of authors such as Enchi
Fumiko, Ariyoshi Sawako, Marguerite Duras, Kono Taeko, and Takahoshi
Takako.  Lectures will introduce the historical backdrop of each text
emphasizing the status of women within the particular cultural context.
Class discussion will focus on the nature of women's sensitivity in
relation to the aesthetic and literary concerns of the text as well as on
how these often secluded "women's worlds" relate to the "larger worlds" of
political, economic, and cultural powers.  Gender differences will be
explored chiefly in relation to narrative voice (perspective), genre, and

Course requirements include attendance of two evening film showings, a
midterm and a final examination, both of which include brief essay
components.  In addition, after the midterm, a short essay will be
assigned on a few of the texts studied in this course.  Your final grade
will be based on your scores on the two exams, the essay, and classroom
discussion (including attendance).

NOTE: students registered under C340 will be required to read a few
additional texts from Western literature and include a comparative
discussion of these texts in the essay.