Women & Gender Studies  459/1A

Time: 13:00-13:50 p.m Classroom # 106







Week 1





Defining: Feminism  (Research needed)

    Medieval & Renaissance History   (Gilbert, 1-17)

Week 2-3


History:  17th & 18th Centuries  (Gilbert, 123-144)



Aphra Behn  "To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me"  (Gilbert, 185)


Cont. S 29/9

Mary Wollstonecraft  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Gilbert, 370-390)




Week 4-6

S 29/9

History: 19th Century (pp. 407-432)



Sarah Grimke "Letters on the Equality of the sexes" (Freedman, 48)


S 6/10

Austen "Love & Freindship" (461-481)


T 8/10

 Margaret Fuller "Woman in the Nineteenth Century" (560-571).


Thu  10/10

Emily Dickinson:   "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" (1043); "This is my letter to the World" (1055)


Thu 10/10

Sojourner Truth "Ain't I a Woman?" (510); "What Time of Night It Is" (511); "Keeping the Things Going" (512)

   Thu-S 10-13/10  Harriet Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl  (619-629)



Emily Bronte:  "No coward soul is mine" (798)




Week 7-8

S 13/10

History:  Turn of the Century (1157-1178)



 Emmeline Pankhurst "Suffrage Speech at the Old Baily" (Freedman, 192)


T 15/10

Charlotte Perkins Gilman "She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping" (1390); "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1392-1404)


T-Thu 15-17/10

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge "The Other Side of a Mirror"  (1410)



Liana Badr  "The story of a novel or reflections of details in the Mirror:  between Awareness and Madness" (Faqir, 27)

Week 9-10

S 20/10

History:  Early 20th Century (Vol.2, 1-29)


T 22/10

Virginia Woolf  A Room of One's Own (237-244)



Woolf "Three Guineas" (Freedman, 221)


Thu 24/10

Zora Neale Hurston "How it Feels to be Colored Me" (357-360) + "Sweat" (349-357)


S 27/10

 W.E.B. Du Bois "The Damnation of Women" (Freedman, 205)


S 27/10

Simone de Beauvoir From: The Second Sex (Freedman, 252)

Week 11-14

T  29/10

History:  Later 20th Century (553-579)


Thu 31/10

Alice Walker  "Womanism" (Kesselman, 18) +  "Beauty:  When the Other Dancer is the Self" (111)


S 3/11

Adrienne Rich When We Dead awaken (982-994)



Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye (1970)


T 5/11

Sylvia Plath:  "Mirror" (2084);  "Lady Lazarus" (1062-1064)


Thu 7/11

Gloria Anzaldua "The Path of the Red and Black Ink" (1255-1262)


S 10/11

Helene Cixous "The Laugh of the Medusa" (Leitch, 2039)



Salwa Bakr "Writing as a Way out" (Faqir, 35)



Nawal Al-Saadawi "Alone with Pen and Paper" (Faqir, 113))



 Qasim Amin "The Liberation of Women" (Freedman, 146)



 Rokeya Hossain "Sultana's Dream" (Freedman, 154)




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