Women's Literature & Gender Studies 459/1A

Time: 13-13:50 pm; Classroom # 106


Off. Hours: S/T 12:00-12:50 a.m. or by appointment

E-mail:  emanq.ku@gmail.com

Website:  www.dremanq.com


Course Description


Required Texts:

  1. Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar, Eds. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.  NY:  W. W. Norton, 1996.  
  2. Handouts to be copied from various references on Feminist Studies.


Optional Reference books: 

  1. J.A.Cuddon. The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory.  London:  Penguin Books, 1998.  Or latest version available


Seminarís  Description: 

This seminar will introduce students to international literature by and about women with a special focus on the way gender interacts with race and class.  The aim is to foster a critical awareness of how gender differences interlock with racial and class issues to shape the lives of women and how literature was/is used as a tool for resistance.   

Seminarís Objectives

1. Enabling students to perform gender based analysis of literary texts

2. Informing students of the historical background of womenís struggle  
3. Introducing students to main literary and theoretical figures within women studies. 

Grading Policy & Course Requirements: 

 Presentations: 20%

You are responsible for a total of two presentations for this course.  Select your two topics from the literary works listed on your course's syllabus.  You need to reserve your topics from the syllabus  ASAP.


2.   Critical Responses:  10%

Critical responses will be one of the assignments you will complete for this course. The response will be especially useful because it will help you develop and catalog ideas that you will be able to use in your final paper. A useful source of information and discussion will be dialoguing with one another. You are responsible for a total of 2 , 3-4 pages, typed  responses on the assigned texts from the course's syllabus. In such an assignment you will merely formulate your critical opinion about a certain text in a good thesis which youíll defend in the body of your essay and in the end restate. The topic for the response would be any of the texts covered before the assigned deadline that will be announced before the due dates. You need to follow the MLA guidelines in formatting your document. These guidelines are available in Diana Hackerís A Pocket Style Manual listed above and can also be accessed on-line via the following link: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_o.html.  No research is necessary for such an assignment. The due dates for these responses will be announced in-class. Zeroes are registered for assignments submitted late or copied. If the problem with the work is cleared up within the week, the paper will be graded but a letter grade lower will be the consequence of tardiness in completing assigned work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any of the assignments for this course. Failure to abide by this rule will incur an "F" in the assignment & eventually in the final overall grade.

For MLA guidelines you may consult Diana Hackerís A Pocket Style Manual on-line site: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_o.html

3 Quizzes  10%

Pop quizzes will be given throughout the term.  The aim of this assignment is to ensure that you're reading the required assignments and you're on track.


4.   History H.W 20%

The history outlines or notes in MLA format is due on the day assigned for discussing  the historical periods, marked in red on your syllabus.  The deadline for each history HW will be announced in class.  Follow the MLA guidelines in typing and formatting your document.  Signal your sources through in-text-citations and a Works Cited page.


5.   Final Research Paper:  30% 

The paper is due on Sunday.  Dec. 8, 2019.  It should be an 8-10 pages, double-spaced paper.  The topic to be chosen should be from the assigned texts in your syllabus.  You need to notify me of the selected topic by Thu. Nov. 10thAn outline with a thesis and topic statements as well as a list of references need to be submitted the following Sunday, which will be Dec. 17th .  Please refer to the MLA guidelines for writing papers which is available in my office, as well as at the reference desk of the library. You may also access the following MLA on-line sites: http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/  or  www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/cite5.htmlYou need to have minimum 3 secondary resources in your Works Cited page, only two of which may be an internet, published articles.  Please remember to cite your resources within the paper itself (in-text-citation), as well as at the end of it (Works Cited).  If you fail to acknowledge any reference consulted, then this would mean "plagiarizing," and the natural consequence would be an ďFĒ. 
 6.  Final Research Paper presentation:  10% 

Presentation on your Final Research Paper.  You'll need to explain your final research paper argument to the class through a PowerPoint presentation.  You'll be given 10 mins to present your research outline and conclusion to your classmates using audiovisual material.  The presentation are scheduled on Dec. 8-10.

Important dates:



Thursday, Nov. 10

Research Topic Choice Due


Sunday, Dec. 17

Research Thesis + Outline Due

 Sunday,8th. Dec.

Final Research Paper Due


Sun.-Tues.  8-10/12

Final research Presentations

Thu. 12th. Dec.

Classes End