Modern Women Writers [CRN 79587]

Discipline: English
Instructor: Gray
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 1 | October 25, 2018 | India
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Students in Modern Women Writers examine the role of writing as salvific art revealed in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature composed by diverse women around the world, but especially women in the locations included in this Semester at Sea voyage. The reading list includes a novel, memoir, short stories, poems, a play, creative non-fiction, feminist theories, and Post-colonial criticism grouped to prompt students to contextualize and understand—intersectionally—women’s concerns, roles and experiences as writers, and their attempts to create agency, transform and preserve themselves, and impact social change. Students practice—reflexively—critical reading, sustained journaling, and composing position papers and formal literary analyses in order to also recognize their own relationship with the act of writing. In addition to reading and writing, assignments include collaboratively researching the historical, socio-political, and cultural development of women writing literature in each of the geographic locations visited.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 1
Date: October 25, 2018

This Field Class takes students to meet with a group of Indian women (at the university), among them those who write (for whatever purposes, including business), to listen to their stories, and learn about their concerns, roles and experiences, especially as writers. This meeting will help students to better understand some of the ways Indian women build agency, and to recognize the ways (among them writing) that help women to create a clear sense of themselves, to transform, and to preserve themselves.

Learning Objectives:
1. Generally, the objective of this field class is to promote critical thinking about our world and the borders in it, as well as to prompt you to synthesize the lessons you have been learning.
2. Specifically, the objective of this field class is to have students interact with Indian women, to hear their stories, and to critically position their lives with those women they encounter in the literature and films we study.