ENGL 105
American Girlhoods Spring 2018
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 105 / ENGL 105 / WGSS 105
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The image of the girl has captivated North American writers, commentators, artists, and creators of popular culture for at least the last two centuries. What metaphors, styles of writing, ideas of “manners and morals” does literature about girls explore? What larger cultural and aesthetic concerns are girls made to represent? And how is girlhood articulated alongside and/or intertwined with other identities and identifications, such as race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality? These are some of the issues we will explore in this course. We will read works by such authors as Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Jacobs, Henry James, Sui Sin Far, Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros and Alison Bechdel, as well as discuss such popular phenomena as Barbie and the American Girl Doll Company, Girl Scouts, and Riot Grrrrls. This course meets the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it focuses on empathetic understanding, power and privilege, especially in relation to class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity within a U.S. context.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3783
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short papers totaling at least 20 pages; active class participation; participation in other short writing assignments
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course; WGSS majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or WGSS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 105 Division II ENGL 105 Division I WGSS 105 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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