Feminist Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Feminist Literature

Fall 2019

Taught By: Emma Lieber

Section: A

CRN: 7735

Credits: 4

This class explores feminist literature by interrogating seriously the terms of the inquiry: that is, what is feminism? What is literature? And how are we to understand them together? Certainly, feminist literature should not only be thought of as literature about women; it can be understood also as texts that bind up political, social, and psychic questions with questions about the practices of reading and writing. Thus we will ask such questions as: is there such a thing as reading as a woman, or writing as one (not to mention Being one)? What do reading and writing have to do with sexual difference and gender? How does a feminist text position its reader, and what does it ask of him or her? We will pair literary texts by Daniel Defoe, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, Alison Bechdel and others with works of feminist theory from thinkers like Helene Cixous, Judith Butler, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Elaine Showalter, Adrienne Rich, and bell hooks. In addition, working from Shoshana Felman’s claim that “feminine resistance,” as a process within a text and a kind of reading practice, underlines the moment at which we see that a text has “addressed some forces, some desires, some events in our own life,” we will ask what personal writing and memoir have to do with feminist literature, and we will seek, within our own writing practices in the class, to pay homage to that question.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:20am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 458

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019