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Selected Women Writers Post-1900

ENGL 223/3.0

A survey of women writers from after 1900. The historical and geographical focus of the course may vary from year to year; for details, consult the Department.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After completing ENGL 223, students will be able to:

  • understand the feminine literary tradition chronologically as well as geographically
  • make relevant links between women writers and their historical and cultural contexts without reducing their writing to autobiography
  • trace the development of women's writing from the internalization of and resistance to masculine norms to the creation of new forms of female identity that escape the influence of men
  • explain why and how women's writing is an act of defamiliarization, shocking us out of our complacency and making the world and self-anew
  • discover the role of language and rhetoric in social, cultural, and political transformation
  • write about women in a complex fashion, attending to race, class, sexuality, and culture,
  • write well-argued and eloquent essays that demonstrate students’ unique style, voice, and perspective as well as their comprehension of literary terminology
  • identify genres that are arguably distinctly feminine
  • discuss the (in)stability of sex, gender, body, and sexuality
  • learn the rudiments of research and of feminist critical methodology.


While women have a well-established "literature of their own" (Elaine Showalter's phrase) and no longer need to prove its existence, the continue to defend its value and necessity. This course is a survey of Anglophone women writers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The aim of this course is to explain whether and how a distinct female voice, perspective, and style can be discerned in the astonishing wealth and variety of Anglophone literary traditions and why sexual difference matters in the writing and interpretation of literature.


Winter 2019
Course Dates: 
Jan. 7 - Apr. 5, 2019
Exam Dates: 
Apr. 11-27, 2019


20% - Onlien Discussion Forum
15% - Performing Close Reading
25% - Practicing Feminist Literary Criticism
10% - Creative Component
30% - Proctored Final Exam (no essay component)

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc. during the exam period.



Time Commitment

The amount of time necessary to complete the course successfully will vary from student to student. I recommend, ideally, 15 hours a week, but 10-12 hours a week is reasonable time commitment for most students. Students can expect to spend around 120 hours per term in study/practice and online activity for ENGL 223.

Please be aware that literary texts should be read at least twice, and, particularly if you are writing assignments on them, 3 or 4 times with care in order to communicate not only what the story or poem or play is about, but how the text tells its story or communicates its perspective, and why its style or diction or point of view alters conventional ways of seeing the world and our place in it.  In short, you should not only be able to paraphrase the text, but to use literary vocabulary to describe its most significant features.  Reading a text more than once allows you to build on or challenge first and hasty impressions; the correct use of literary terms adds depth, substance, and nuance to your interpretation and shows that you respect the literariness of the text.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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