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English 2367.02

Literature in the U.S. Experience: Male and Female Relationships in Film and Fiction

Barbara McGovern

Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: 2.C.1 Literature; Writing and Communication: Level 2; Diversity: Social Diversity in the U.S.
Prerequisites: English 1110 or the equivalent

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
The Color Purple Alice Walker Harcourt Brace 997806771166617028
March Geraldine Brooks Penguin 0-14-303666-1
The Awakening Kate Chopin Bantam Doubleday Dell 9780553213300

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: This course offers students the opportunity to improve their writing and analytical skills through the study of male and female relationships as depicted in film and fiction. The general goals for all Second Year writing classes are the following: 1. Through critical analysis, discussion, and writing, students demonstrate the ability to read carefully and express ideas effectively. 2. Students apply written, oral, and visual communication skills and conventions of academic discourse to the challenges of a specific discipline. 3. Students access and use information critically and analytically,

Course Content: Can love thrive? This course offers a cinematic and literary glimpse of male/female relationships while examining the complexities of love as depicted in U.S. film and fiction. What was pioneer life like fort men and women struggling to survive on the prairie? Amidst the horrors of the Civil War, could interracial romantic relationships develop? What challenges did New England women face in trying to sustain their marriages while their men went off tho fight? Were privileged southern white belles at the end of the 19th century all that liberated? What difficulties with personal relationships did African American men and women face in the first half of the 20th century? And what are some of the obstacles that men and women face today in their romantic entanglements?

Method of Presentation: The course presentation will consist of lively class discussions, occasional brief lectures, writing workshop and revision sessions, and films. Students will have the opportunity to present to the class the results of their individual research projects.

Method of Evaluation: The writing assignments will include two papers, with revisions, whose topics will grow out of class discussions and analysis of the films and novels we study. There will also be a research paper on some aspect of men's and women's interpersonal relationship experiences in U.S. history and culture. Since the emphasis in this course will be on the process of writing, revision of papers will be important. The final grade will be based upon the following: research project, 30%; class presentation of research, 10%; two other papers, 20% each; process work (drafts, sub-assignments, in-class activities) 10%; and peer reviews and class presentation, 10%.


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