This lecture course examines the tradition of women’s writing in North America, introducing the ways in which the study of sex/gender and sexuality as social categories have transformed our
understandings of culture, history and society. Topics of analysis include the social construction of gender,
the gendered division of labor, production and reproduction, intersections of gender, race, class and ethnicity,
and the varieties of sexual experience. Looking at diverse bodies of women’s writings, ranging from Anglo-American and Anglo-Canadian women writers to women of color writers, and covering a long tradition from colonial times to the present period, we will look at the ways in which women have used their voices in order to launch their criticism against gender subordination and define their experiences.
There will be a course reader, which you can order through NamLitCult and pick up at our offices.