WGSS 105
American Girlhoods Fall 2018
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 105 / WGSS 105 / ENGL 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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1606
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: at least 20 pages of writing; short, more informal writing assignments; GLOW posts; class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-years without an AP5, IB 6 or 7; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or WGSS DPE: This course considers the construction of girlhood in the United States along the axes of race, gender, sexuality, class and more, and the literary history of who, in various moments in America, has even been allowed to claim the privileges of and/or be burdened with the idea of being a girl. It examines how girlhood is represented in relation to (in)equity and power and what kinds of literary and cultural forms writers utilize to illuminate these differences. Through analyzing diverse representations of girlhood, the course also gives students the critical tools to articulate and interrogate the texts' desire for equity and justice, and to describe what power and agency might mean within these works, as well as in the world. WI: Students do at least 20 pages of writing and have the chance to revise several papers. We also spend significant class time to talking about successful academic writing.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 105 Division II WGSS 105 Division II ENGL 105 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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