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ENG 263 Survey of Women’s Literature

ENG 263 Survey of Women’s Literature

Course Outline 

Course Number and Name:  ENG 263 Survey of Women’s Literature      

Credit Hours:   3.0           Contact Hours:  3.0               Lecture:  3.0                   Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:   Grade of “C” or better in ENG 102 or ENG 105

Co-Requisites:  None                                                         Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: The course begins with an examination of the image of women in Greek and Hebrew oral and written tradition and then traces the development of major women writers in the Western hemisphere.  The focus is on significant full-length works, beginning in the eighteenth century and culminating in woman’s entrance into contemporary society.  The emphasis is on imaginative literature by women who see the world from a variety of economic, cultural, political and personal perspectives. The focus is to understand women in relation to their unique literary voice, as a reflection of their history, their place in society, and their role in a changing world.

General Education Goals: ENG 263 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories: Humanistic Perspective and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will analyze works in the field of art, music, or theater; literature; and philosophy and/or religious studies; and will gain competence in the use of a foreign language; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.  ENG 263 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goal: Information Literacy, which is as follows: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. read and analyze a variety of works of literature by women, beginning with their foundations in Greek and Hebrew oral traditions  through modern times;
  2. write critical reaction papers analyzing literary patterns in assigned works of literature by women; and
  3. write a comprehensive and original literary research paper about significant works by women writers , incorporating ideas from  reliable published and the internet sources.