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ENGL 121, HUMANITIES LITERATURE

Spring 2008
Jeannine Stanko


Leonard 555
Tues./Thurs. 11:00 12:15




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Office Hours
Mon. By appointment
Tues. 1:00 2:00
Wed. 9:00 12:00
Thurs. 1:00 2:00
Fri. By appointment

Course Description:
A Liberal Studies requirement for all students, ENGL 121 introduces literature of various genres
through a careful analysis of poetry, fiction, and drama. This 3-credit introductory literature
course also includes literature of various time periods, nationalities, and minorities. Our main
focus is exploration of the woman question across cultures. Our study will begin in 1792 and
conclude with the present.

Course Objectives:
Students will be able to:
analyze literature using literary vocabulary.
effectively communicate using oral and written skills.
identify the historical construct of texts.
examine the woman question across cultures.

Required Texts:
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The Vindication of the Rights of Women.
ISBN: 9780486290362
Allen, Grant. The Woman Who Did.
ISBN: 9781437823141
Perkins, Charlotte Gilman. The Yellow Wallpaper.
ISBN: 9781558611580
Berman, Sabina. The Agony of Ecstasy.
ISBN: 9780809324576
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts.
ISBN: 9780679721888
Kauf, Shirley, ed. The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the
Present: a Bilingual Anthology.
ISBN: 9781558612242

Texts that will be provided:
Grand, Sarah. The New Woman and the Old. The Lady Realm.
Lady Jeune. A Reply to Sarah Grand. The Lady Realm.
Allen, Grant. Plain Words on the Woman Question. Fortnightly Review 46 (1889):
450-458.
Unruh, Vicky. The Fatal Fact of the New Woman Writer in Latin America, 1920s
1930s. Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America.

Attendance Policy:
You may miss three classes for any reason without any formal penalty.
For every absence over three, I will reduce your final course grade by one full letter
grade. Being present means being prepared for class, arriving on time, and participating
fully and responsibly in all activities.
Class begins promptly, with any assignments due at the beginning of the class, unless
otherwise stipulated. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will be considered
absent. If you are late three times, no matter how late, this will result in an absence.
Being absent from class does not excuse you from assignments due for the next class nor
from being prepared for that class.

Classroom Etiquette:
Respect the rights and dignity of all class members.
Listen attentively. Do not talk, whisper, or pass notes when another class member has the
attention of the class.
Do not interrupt the flow of classroom activity. That is, take care of all restroom needs
before class time begins.
Turn off all cell phones and watch alarms before class begins. No text messaging during
class.
Use class time to focus solely on the work of this course.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged borrowing of ideas, facts, phrases, wordings, or whole
works, either through direct quotation, indirect quotation, paraphrasing or summarizing
without appropriate documentation. You must cite anything that is not your own this
applies to all course materials. In keeping with the Universitys policy, students will be
severely penalized for any and all instances of plagiarism. If you have nay questions
about proper documentation, please contact me or go to the writing center.

Assignments and Determination of Grades:
1. Reader Response Journal 30% of the final grade
These entries will be used to assess your knowledge, identification and analysis of the
literary terms connected to each text. Entries must be 500 words typed. Grading will
reflect, grammar, spelling, and content (Did you address the topic and demonstrate
understanding/analysis of the assigned literature). Writing prompts for each text will be
provided.

2. (Research) Project 30% of the final grade
This task can be completed in groups.
Each group will choose a New Woman text not covered in class. All group members will
read the same chosen text.
Each group member will read a different critical analysis of the text.
This research will be used to write a 10 page essay incorporating a summary and
application of the critical analysis. Do you agree or disagree with this critical analysis?
Why? Essays must also identify and analyze at least 3 literary terms studied in this
course, one of which must be from the second half of the course. This essay should also
address questions relating to how and why this text fits in the course.

3. (Research) Project Presentation 20% of the final grade
Each group will present their research. Presentations should include a:
summary of the text.
summary of each critical analysis.
personal analysis of validity of critical analysis (agreement/disagreement, why).
explanation of how and why text is New Woman.

4. Midterm 20% of the final grade
The midterm will include identification and application of the literary terms covered.


Tentative Daily Schedule
Date Readings Literary Focus Assignments
T- Jan. 13
Introduction to the course. Lecture
on New Woman.
Discuss illustrations from popular
periodicals of time period.


Inference
Point of View

H - Jan. 15
Allen, Grant. Plain Words on the
Woman Question.
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The
Vindication of the Rights of
Women (pgs. 13-40; chap. I-II)


Authors Purpose
Tone
Style

T - Jan. 20
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The
Vindication of the Rights of
Women (pgs. 41-83; chap. III-IV)


Authors Purpose
Tone
Style

H - Jan. 22
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The
Vindication of the Rights of
Women (pgs. 84-123; chap. V)

Authors Purpose
Tone
Style


T - Jan. 27
Wollstonecraft, Mary. The
Vindication of the Rights of

Authors Purpose
Tone
Readers Response
Journal Due
Women
(pgs. 124-163; chaps. VI-X)

Style
H - Jan.29
Allen, Grant. The Woman Who Did
(pgs. 51 77; chap. I V)

Hero
Irony
Theme

T - Feb. 3
Allen, Grant. The Woman Who Did
(pgs. 77 106; chap. IV IX)

Hero
Irony
Theme

H - Feb. 5 Allen, Grant. The Woman Who Did
(pgs.107 134; chap. X XV)

Hero
Irony
Theme

T - Feb. 10
Allen, Grant. The Woman Who Did
(pgs.134 165; chap. XVI - end)

Hero
Irony
Theme

H - Feb. 12
Perkins, Charlotte Gilman. The
Yellow Wallpaper.


Theme
Character

Readers Response
Journal Due
T - Feb. 17 Unruh, Vicky. The Fatal Fact of
the New Woman Writer in Latin
America, 1920s 1930s.
Performing Women and Modern
Literary Culture in Latin America

H - Feb. 19
Berman, Sabina. The Agony of
Ecstasy (Acts 1-3)

Setting
Cause
Effect

T - Feb. 24
Berman, Sabina. The Agony of
Ecstasy

Setting
Cause
Effect

Readers Response
Journal Due
H - Feb. 26
Midterm


Midterm
Spring Break March 2 March 6
T - Mar. 10
Performances of Astrid Hadad


Character

H - Mar. 12
Research Introduction.
Meet in Library


Readers Response
Journal Due
T - Mar. 17
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The
Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a
Girlhood Among Ghosts

Plot
Syntax
Dialect
Foreshadowing

H - Mar. 19
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The
Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a
Girlhood Among Ghosts

Plot
Syntax
Dialect
Foreshadowing

T - Mar. 24
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The
Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a
Girlhood Among Ghosts

Plot
Syntax
Dialect
Foreshadowing

H - Mar. 26
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The
Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a
Girlhood Among Ghosts

Plot
Syntax
Dialect
Foreshadowing

T - Mar. 31
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The
Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a
Girlhood Among Ghosts

Plot
Syntax
Dialect
Foreshadowing

H - Apr. 2
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The
Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a
Girlhood Among Ghosts

Plot
Syntax
Dialect
Foreshadowing

T - Apr. 7
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The
Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a
Girlhood Among Ghosts

Plot
Syntax
Dialect
Foreshadowing

Readers Response
Journal Due

H - Apr. 9 The Defiant Muse
Moonstruck by Shin Shifra,
page 135

from A Woman Who Practices
How To Live by Shin Shifra,
pages 135-137

Hyperbole
Metaphor
Simile
Personification
Alliteration
Meter
Rhythm
Rhyme

Presentation #1
T - Apr. 14 The Defiant Muse
The Woman by Judith Kafri,
page 141
Hyperbole
Metaphor
Simile

Presentation #2

When She Goes Out Alone
by Hedva Harechavi, page 163

Personification
Alliteration
Meter
Rhythm
Rhyme
H - Apr. 16 The Defiant Muse
Hebrew by Yona Wallach,
pages 189-191

Data Processing 60 by
Maya Bejerano, page 215

Hyperbole
Metaphor
Simile
Personification
Alliteration
Meter
Rhythm
Rhyme
Readers Response
Journal Due

Presentation #3
T - Apr. 21 The Defiant Muse
In the Supermarket by Agi
Mishol, pages 209-211

Turning to Rest in Sapphos
Poems by Agi Mishol, page
213

That Very Night by Rivka
Miriam, page 227


Hyperbole
Metaphor
Simile
Personification
Alliteration
Meter
Rhythm
Rhyme

Presentation #4
H - Apr. 23 The Defiant Muse
The Dress by Judith
Mossel-Eliezerov, page 195

Out of the Womb, Whereto
by Miri Ben-Simhon, pages
229-231

The Wall of Motherhood by
Efrat Mishori, page 237


Hyperbole
Metaphor
Simile
Personification
Alliteration
Meter
Rhythm
Rhyme
Research Paper Due

Presentation #5

Final Exam: Tuesday, April 28
th
10:15am 12:15pm
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