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ENGL200M - Topics in Literature: Women in Literature - A Study in Female Agency (3-0-3)

Covers selected literary themes, such as gothic, science fiction, or women’s literature. Students apply critical contexts and practice various theoretical approaches to the readings. Prerequisites: ENGL110XM or ENGL110M. Please note that students can take only ONE Special Topics literature courses for credit. (Fulfills English or Humanities requirement)

This course will explore the quintessential literary hero’s journey through the perspective of the female characters. We will read and examine texts that exemplify this traditional motif and seek to answer questions such as: In what ways do authors restrict and/or promote a female character power and heroism? What characteristics exemplify a heroic woman in literary works? Employing three phases of feminist theory, students will analyze both the explicit and nuanced portrayals of women in literature. With each text, we will unpack the situation the author has created for the character and the ways that the character deals with the constrictions of the author’s plot.