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Women Writing America (ENG-490)

Speaking about her childhood home in America, Gertrude Stein wrote: "There is no there there." What was "there" in America for women writers of the twentieth century? What is there for the 21st century American woman writer? We'll ask three famous novelists to answer those questions: Willa Cather, Toni Morrison, and Stein herself. We'll look at the physical worlds that they create as well as the psychological spaces that they explore. We'll read their novels and the critical work that has developed around their fiction and their thought. We'll see if we understand America any better because of how they've written about it, but we'll remember that Stein also said: "There aint no answer. There aint gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer." Prerequisites: ITW 101, one 200-level English course, one 300-level English course.

Section: ENG-490-01C
Credits: 4
Faculty: Anne-Marie Mallon
Days: TR
Time: 10:00AM‑11:45AM
Location: MORR-103
Start/End Date: Aug. 25, 2014 - Dec. 12, 2014
Instructional Method: Lecture-based Learning