COMP 243
Modern Women Writers and the City
Last Offered Spring 2014
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed WGSS 252 / COMP 243
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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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.
The Class: Format: seminar/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3660
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers of 3-5 pages, one of 5-7 pages, and one final paper of 8-10 pages
Prerequisites: COMP 111 or a 100-level ENGL course
Unit Notes: formerly COMP 252
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 252 Division I COMP 243 Division I
Attributes: INST - Urbanizing World Electives

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