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Course Descriptions

ENG 217 - Women, Gender and Literature

3 Credits

This course explores women in literature across history and cultures. The course may be approached chronologically or thematically, and readings will be drawn from women authors who represent various experiences and identities. Genres studied may include fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, and other forms of expression. In addition to studying the literary aspects of the texts, students will examine, discuss, and write about the historical, social, and political backdrops within which these texts were written and received. Special attention will be paid to historic and contemporary issues of representation and power, including intersections of gender and race, class, sexual identities, and more.

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

New SUNY General Education: SUNY - Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, SUNY - Humanities

Retiring SUNY General Education: SUNY-H - Humanities (SHUM)

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe how women’s literature reflects, responds to, and is shaped by historical and contemporary societal factors, including dynamics of power, privilege, oppression, and opportunity.
2. Describe the ways literature about and by women contributes to the development of individual and group identities across intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and more.
3. Interpret literature written by women using literary and critical lenses that may include, but are not restricted to, reader response, new historicism, feminist criticism, queer theory, critical race theory, and/or disability studies.
4. Compose literary arguments supported by primary and secondary sources that connect readings to themes and topics of the course.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2024
Summer Session 2024