COMP 243 Modern Women Writers and the City (W)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as WGSS252
Ambivalence has always been a vital part of literary responses to city life. Whether they praise the city or blame it, women writers react to the urban environment in a significantly different way from men. While male writers have often emphasized alienation and strangeness, women writers have celebrated the mobility and public life of the city as liberating. We will look at issues of women's work, class politics, sexual freedom or restriction, rituals of consumption, the conservation of memory by architecture, and community-building in cities like London, New York, Berlin, Paris. We will examine novels and short stories about the modern city by writers as diverse as Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Anzia Yezierska, Ann Petry, Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, Margaret Drabble Ntozake Shange, Verena Stefan and Jhumpa Lahiri and Edwidge Danticat. We will consider theoretical approaches to urban spaces by feminists (Beatriz Colomina, Elizabeth Wilson), architectural historians (Christine Boyer) and anthropologists and sociologists (Janet Abu-Lughod, David Sibley, Michael Sorkin). Several contemporary films will be discussed. All readings in English.
Class Format: seminar/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers of 3-5 pages, one of 5-7 pages, and one final paper of 8-10 pages
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Prerequisites: COMP 111 or a 100-level ENGL course
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Department Notes: formerly COMP 252
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: INST - Urbanizing World Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3660
COMP 243 LEC Modern Women Writers&The City (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Helga Druxes
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