next semester

So, for those of you interested, here’s what I’m teaching for my “Introduction to Literature by Women” course:

Week 1:
• Sharon Olds: “I Go Back to May 1937,” “35/10,” “The Connoisseuse of Slugs,” and Elizabeth Bishop, “The Fish,” “The Waiting Room,” “Crusoe in England,” and “One Art.”
• Gayle Rubin, “The Traffic in Women,” and Cosmopolitan magazine

Week 2:
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Week 3:
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
• Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha (maybe; it’s out of print and we’ll see if the publisher comes through for me)
• Selections from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, The Joy of Cooking, Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management

Week 4:
• Isak Dinesen, “Babette’s Feast.”
• Jeanette Winterson, “The Poetics of Sex”
• Yasmina Reza, Art

Week 5:

Week 6:
• Vera Caspary, Laura
• Laura (film)

Week 7:
• Laura (film)—Monday and Wednesday; Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”
• Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive

Week 8:
• Pat Barker, Regeneration

Week 9:
• Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier

Week 10:
• Robyn Davidson, Tracks
• Virginia Woolf, “The Mark on the Wall”

Week 11:
• Margaret Edson, Wit
• Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

Week 12:
• intro to Jane Austen (literary significance, historical context)
Persuasion (Wednesday and Friday)

Week 13:
• Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis


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