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English/WMST 309 Women Writers

English/Women’s Studies 309

Women Writers,

Spring 2020
Online

Dr. Donna Campbell
202H Avery Hall
campbelld@wsu.edu

 

Required Texts

Author Title Publisher Edition ISBN 13
Wharton, Edith Summer and Ethan Frome Modern Library 2001 0375757287
Ward Great Short Stories by American Women Writers Dover 1996 978-0486287768
Alcott, Louisa May Behind a Mask Harper Perennial 1997, 2004 9780688151324
Mailhot Heart Berries
Atwood Alias Grace Anchor 1997 978-0385490443
Bechdel Fun Home Mariner Books 2006 9780618871711
Larsen Passing Penguin 1997 0142437271
Recommended
Text:
 Gubar
Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism Norton 2007 978-0393927900 (out of print; recommended)
Syllabus
Course Overview

Welcome to English 309 / Women Studies 309, a course that asks you to become increasingly aware of the ways in which women’s writing has been produced and consumed within many different situations, or contexts, in their lives. In this course, you will earn three semester credit hours and develop solid analytical reading, writing, and revising skills by completing the assigned readings, the short response papers, the research proposal and research paper, and the discussion posts.  Please start by reading this syllabus carefully to familiarize yourself with the nature of the course and what we intend for it, and you, to accomplish.

This course provides upper-division students with practice in critical reading, analysis, and all stages of the writing process. Our basic assumption is that you already have some strong academic reading and writing skills and now want to learn more about textual communication. Thus, you’ll write a variety of both informal and formal documents, each of which is designed to enhance your practical and theoretical understanding of the relationship of women’s writing to the rest of the world. We’ll read from a variety of conventional genres, including critical theory, fiction, poetry, and memoir, focusing on critical analysis of the various kinds of writings done by women, of diverse definitions of the work of feminisms, and of the ways in which writers can work to end historical silence and invisibility.


Course Goals

This course is designed to help you develop the following:

  • an appreciation for diverse styles and forms used by women writers in various genres.
  • an understanding of the uses of writing in forming community for women.
  • an awareness of the social and historical forces that have affected women’s lives and their writing during various eras.
  • critical self-reflection and self-assessment skills through writing by engaging in the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, and revising.
  • an increasing awareness of the importance of writing as a social action.
  • awareness of the importance of working toward a critical consciousness that allows for the dialectical process of rethinking and redefining notions and assumptions through reading and writing.

Course Work

This course is designed to enable you to meet the course goals listed above through a combination of reading assignments, writing assignments (papers), and discussion postings.

As in a face-to-face classroom, you’ll need to set aside time in your weekly schedule to complete the assigned readings, post to the discussion board, and write your papers. Because the information in this course is cumulative and discussion is an integral and valued part of it, this is not a self-paced class in which you can complete the assignments for several units all at once. The weekly deadlines are listed in the Course Schedule.

Allow plenty of time for posting your replies to the discussion board and uploading your papers to the drop box. If you wait until the last minute, a computer failure or internet outage could delay the transmission of your assignment, which would then be considered late.

Reading Assignments

The reading assignments for this course are listed under Lessons. They have been divided into six thematic units, with 1-3 lessons per unit. As you’ll see by clicking on the Lessons link, each lesson includes reading assignments from the textbooks that you’ve purchased for the course as well as a “Context and Questions” page. Suggested questions for the discussion board, possible topics for response papers, and brief lectures will be posted on the “Context and Questions” pages.  The “Context and Questions” page link on the Lessons pages will be made available at the beginning of each unit.

In addition, several lessons have “For Further Study” links at the bottom of the page, and the “Contexts and Questions” pages will have embedded links as well. All the required course materials can be found in your books or in the course space, but these optional links have information that may be helpful or interesting to you.

Writing Assignments

Over the course of this semester, you’ll write the following:

  • 11 discussion posts and additional responses,
  • three response papers,
  • one proposal for your research paper,
  • and one research paper.

All submitted assignment files should follow the naming format as follows: last name, first initial, course number, assignment name. For example, if Julia Sanchez submitted her first response paper in Unit 1 it would be saved as SanchezJ_309_ResponsePaperUnit1.doc.

Submitting papers.  Students must submit all papers through the Assignments Dropbox (on the navigation bar at left) by the due dates and times listed on the Course Schedule. All due dates are based on Pacific Standard Time (and when appropriate Pacific Daylight Time). For more information about submitting assignments, click on the “How to Submit Assignments” link on the Course Information page link on the navigation bar.

Formatting papers.   Papers should be typed and double-spaced with 11-12 point fonts and 1″ margins.  They must be saved using either Word format (.doc or .docx),  rich text format (.rtf), or .pdf format, which are commonly available under the “Save As” function of all word-processing programs. Papers using any other format cannot be read and will not receive credit. For more information, see the “Paper Formatting Guidelines” link under Lessons.

I will be writing comments in the document and returning it to you as a .pdf file. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read .pdf files, and this program is probably already installed on your computer.

  • Response papers are meant to be a way for students to explore an aspect of the assigned reading that they found to be of interest. The papers should include critical analysis of some portion of the text.Requirements. Students are responsible for writing three short response papers (750-1,000 words, or about 2 1/2 to 3 typed, double-spaced pages). There are six units in the course, but students only need to submit a response paper for three of them; the choice of the three units for which response papers will be written is up to the individual student.Topics. You are encouraged to write response papers on topics of your own choosing, but you will also find some suggestions for topics on the “Questions for Discussion and Response Papers” page listed under Lessons and the “Context and Questions” page for each unit.Two papers cannot be written based on readings in the same unit. For example, a student cannot choose to write two of the three separate response papers on Passing AND “Sweat” because both works of fiction are from Unit 4. Of course, comparing two works of fiction or poetry from the same unit within the context of a single response paper would be acceptable.Due Dates. Response papers are due at the end of each unit, as shown on the schedule.Grading. Response papers will be graded on the quality of the argument and the critical depth with which students engaged the text. The short response papers do not require the use of outside sources, but students are expected to take them seriously and posit an argument, make an observation, or attempt to answer a question that the novel raised for them as they read. Good sentence structure and attention to mechanical features such as capitalization and punctuation are important, as is supporting a strong thesis.

    Optional Fourth Response Paper, with Lowest Response Paper Grade Dropped. Although you are only required to write response papers on three out of the six units, you have the option to write an additional response paper on another unit, for a total of four response papers.  If you do this, only the top three grades will be counted when calculating your grade, and the lowest response paper grade would be dropped.

    Important: you do not have to write four papers. Three response papers is still the required number. However, this option gives you a chance to write another paper so that your lowest grade will not count in the grade calculations. You can decide to write this fourth paper for any one of the six units (after all of your required three response papers have been graded, for example) and don’t need to let me know of your plans ahead of time.

  • Students must submit a brief (200-300 word) description of the topic they will be examining in their Research Paper (see below). This assignment must include a thesis statement and a summary of the essay’s main points.
  • In order to demonstrate the degree to which students will have interacted with women’s writing throughout the semester, as their final project students are required to submit a research paper. For more information on the Research Paper, click on the Research Paper Guidelines link under Lessons.

In order to demonstrate participation as well as to contribute to the climate of intellectual exchange, students are expected to post on the discussion boards for each segment of reading assigned. The discussion board provides a less formal means for you to discuss the work we’ll be reading than the response papers and research paper.

Requirements. During most of the weeks of this course, you are responsible for one original posting of 200-300 words and two responses of 100-150 words each to others’ postings. These are the minimum word requirements and number of postings; you are welcome to write longer posts or to post more frequently if you feel so inclined. For information about using the Discussion Board, go to Course Information and click on “How to Use the Discussion Board.”

Topics. Although you’re welcome to post on topics of your own choosing, you will also find some general suggestions for topics on the “Questions for Discussion and Response Papers” page listed under Lessons in the navigation bar at left. Specific questions will be available in the “Contexts and Questions” page for each unit, which will contain the lecture material for the course.

Discussion topics from these sources will be posted in the forum for that lesson shortly before we begin each week’s discussion.

As the general questions suggest, the discussion board is a space in which you can write speculative, reaction-based, and imaginative posts as well as analytical ones.

Due Dates. Your original posting of 200-300 words must be posted by 11:55 p.m. on the Tuesday of the week it is due. You’ll then read the postings of other class members and respond to any two of their posts by 11:55 p.m. on Friday of that week. The due dates for original posts and response posts are listed in the Course Schedule. Posts and responses will only be counted during the week when they are due; anything added to the week’s discussion after that time (Friday by 11:55 p.m.) will not be graded.

Grading. Discussion posts and responses are graded holistically (by their overall quality and style) each week and will not typically receive comments on grammar or content. However, please use proper spelling, capitalization, and so on for your discussion posts. See the Grading section below for more specific information on grading discussion posts.

Although I will be reading all the posts and responses, I will not reply on the board to each post but will respond to selected posts from different students each week. For more information, please read carefully the section called “What Makes a Good Discussion Post?” on the Course Information page.

The writing assignment deadlines and reading assignments for this course will remain the same once the semester has started. Information may be added to the “For Further Study” sections of the course, however.

Finding Scholarly Articles Exercise  (to be posted to Discussion Board)

[Note: This message will be repeated at the top of the questions for Units 3, 4, 5, and 6.]

To help you prepare for the research paper and to give you practice in looking up scholarly sources, for Units 3, 4, 5, and 6 you will be helping to provide the context for the work we are reading by looking up a scholarly article. Scholarly sources include books and articles found in the MLA Bibliography and other subscription databases, such as Project Muse, which are available through the library but not on the open Internet.

This exercise is worth 5 extra credit points, which will be added to your Discussion Board grade for the lesson in which you post your article summary and critique. You can only receive credit for this exercise once, and you only need to complete it once.

Directions: At some point during Unit 3, 4, 5, or 6 (Lessons 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10), you should look up a critical article in the MLA Bibliography and report back to the class about what you have found. You can find directions for accessing the MLA Bibliography and critical articles under Lessons or by clicking here.

You only need to look up an article for this exercise once, and you can choose the lesson for which you will do this. You don’t have to look up an article for each lesson.

Important: Wikipedia and web pages that you find through Google searches will not be acceptable for this exercise. Newspapers and general interest magazines are not acceptable for this assignment. You need to go through the library’s database, as you will need to do for the research paper.

After you’ve found an article, you’ll tell the rest of us about it in the Discussion Board. Here is the information to post.

1. The citation (in MLA format) for the article you found.

2. A brief summary of the article’s ideas.

3. A brief assessment of or discussion of the article: was it helpful to you? Why or why not?

If the article seems useful to you and appropriate for your research paper, you can use it as one of your two required secondary sources. If not, you don’t have to use it.

Other Help Available

There is some extra help available for this course. I encourage you to contact me via email to ask questions or make comments at any stage of your writing process. In addition, please consider using the eTutoring resource located on the Course Information page, available through the menu on the left. For many writers, it is useful to talk about ideas even before writing, so don’t forget to ask family members, colleagues, or friends to listen and discuss your ideas with you.

Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability. Please read the Disability Accommodations statement below and  notify me before you submit your first Response Paper if you have specific needs.

I encourage you to use these excellent resources and to suggest others to your instructor as you discover things that work well for you in order to make your experience in English 309 / Women’s Studies 309 a positive and rewarding one. Remember that you are part of a community of scholars committed to learning. I hope that you will find this class to be a place of growth, where you can further your understanding of yourself; your own reading, writing, and thinking processes; and ultimately, your place within the larger communities of which you are a part.


Instructor Interaction

Discussion Board: You should check the “Announcements from Instructor” section of the Discussion Board when you log in to this course, since I will be using that space for general class announcements. Also, if you have a question that you think others in the class might also have, please use the “Questions for Instructor” section of the Discussion Board so that I can write a response for everyone.

Email: As mentioned above, the best way to reach me is through the course site or by sending me an email at campbelld@wsu.edu. Please make sure to include your full name in the email and ENGL 309/WMST 309 in the subject line. If you send me an email Monday through Friday, I should be back in touch with you within 24 hours. Mail sent over the weekend will receive a response on Monday. Additional contact information is available at http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/index.html.

IM, Voice, Video Chat, or Phone: If you prefer to contact me via Skype, Google Hangout, or telephone, please send an email and I’d be happy to arrange a time.


Late Work Policy

The late work policy for this course is as follows:

  • Late papers (response papers, research paper topic, and research paper) are penalized at the rate of one letter grade per class day late. Since our “class days” for this course are Tuesdays and Fridays by 11:55 p.m. (the discussion post days), a paper that was due at 11:55 p.m. on a Sunday would be considered one class day late if handed in by the following Tuesday and two class days late if handed in by the following Friday. For example, a response paper that would have received an “A” if handed in on the Sunday night due date would receive a “B” if handed in by the following Tuesday, a “C” if handed in by the following Friday, and so forth.
  • Extension policy. Because you are free to choose which response papers you’ll write and thus should be able to schedule your writing ahead of time,  late submission should not be a problem. However, you have one 48-hour extension in this class to be used only on papers (not discussion posts).
    • This extension means that your paper can be turned in without penalty on the next class day. Since writing assignments in this class are due on Sunday nights, the extension would be valid until Tuesday night at 11:55 p.m.
    • You must request the extension ahead of time, and you should save it for a true emergency, since no other extensions will be granted for illness, funerals, weddings, or any other reason.
  • Late discussion posts count as a 0. However, even if you miss the deadline for the original discussion post on Tuesday, you’ll receive partial credit for responding to others’ posts by Friday. To allow for unavoidable absences, there is an extra credit discussion post (Post 11) opportunity at the end of the course. You cannot use an extension request on a discussion post.

Grading

Grading Criteria

These are the general grading criteria for this course. Response papers and the research paper are held to higher standards of analysis, good style, and grammatically correct sentences than the discussion posts. You can find a more specific version of the grading criteria here: http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/grading.html.

I will use abbreviations as references to grammatical principles on your corrected papers. The abbreviations and accompanying explanations are available on the “Key to Comments” document here: http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/keyto.htm. You may want to download and print out the .pdf version of this document for easy reference.

  • A / Excellent
    Shows that the writer has treated the subject matter in an original manner and has developed the thesis thoroughly and with insight, using a clear organizational plan. This essay develops its argument with incisive, in-depth analysis and supporting evidence from the text. Although outstanding and pleasurable to read, this essay is not necessarily completely flawless; it is, however, virtually free of grammatical or spelling errors. The writer demonstrates a clear understanding of her or his audience and conveys a strong individual voice.
  • B / Good
    Includes a clear focus that is supported by evidence; it also demonstrates correct sentence construction for the most part. Ideas may be good but perhaps not as insightful or well developed as those in the “A” essay. The organization is easy to follow. The essay has a good sense of individual voice and awareness of audience expectations.
  • C / Proficient
    Exhibits logical organization and a focus, but often does not provide clear evidence to support the thesis. It may demonstrate little sentence variety or careful word choice. Instead of revealing fresh and insightful ideas, the writer of this paper responds to the assignment in an adequate but highly predictable or superficial way, such as summarizing the plot of the work or stating obvious points, without developing analytical or descriptive ideas.
  • D / Deficient
    Usually demonstrates one or more of the following: it lacks adequate organization, offers insufficient or irrelevant support for its argument, lacks focus, or shows no audience awareness. In addition, a deficient essay often contains many errors in sentence construction, punctuation, word choice, and spelling, such as confusing the spelling of women (plural) with woman (singular).
  • F / Unacceptable
    Usually difficult, frustrating, or confusing to read. This paper typically contains neither focus nor support for generalizations. It generally contains numerous errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.  A paper will receive an “F” if it is plagiarized in whole or in part.

Grading for Discussion Posts

Discussion board posts are awarded points based on how substantial and thoughtful they are. They are graded holistically and will not typically receive comments on grammar or content. However, please use proper spelling, capitalization, and so on for your discussion posts. The discussion board grades don’t reflect “taking off points” but rather “building points.” Each post starts with a 0 and builds up to a 25 depending on its thoughtfulness, insights, and engagement with the assigned texts–its level of excellence, in short.

Although I will be reading all the posts and responses, I will not reply on the board to each post but will respond to selected posts from different students each week.

Discussion board posts need to be posted within the time frame of the lesson and by the deadline listed in the Course Schedule in order to count. Although there’s no partial credit for late posts or replies, and there are no excused absences from or extensions for posting, this course has a built-in optional “makeup” post at the end that you can complete to make up points if you miss a week. It counts the same as a regular post + replies session (25 points).

The points are awarded as follows:

  • 23-25 points: a substantial, thoughtful post that specifically engages with the reading plus at least two replies posted to another’s initial post.
    • Post (up to 15 points) + 2 replies (up to 10 points) = up to 25 points for the week.
  • 20-22 points: posts and replies that may be have good points but that may be insubstantial in length or content, may not engage sufficiently with the readings, or may have grammatical problems.
  • Up to 15 points: an initial post but no replies.
  • 5-10 points: one or two replies but no initial post.
  • 0 points: no entries posted to the discussion board by the deadline.

Academic Honesty Policy

Please review the WSU Policy on Academic Integrity listed below. For this course, the following specific guidelines apply:

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else’s words or ideas. This definition includes not only deliberately handing in someone else’s work as your or handing in a previously written paper but also failing to cite your sources, including Web pages and Internet sources.

  • For a first offense, any paper plagiarized in whole or in part will receive an “F” (0 points), and the incident must be reported to the WSU Office of Student Conduct. You will not be allowed to rewrite the plagiarized paper for a better grade.
  • Penalties for a second offense can range from failing the course to suspension from the university.

For further information on our University grading policy, consult the WSU Academic Regulations. Look under Section 90, “Grades and Grade Points.”

Course Work Points Percent of Final Grade
Response Papers
(3 @ 100 pts each)
300 35%
Research Paper Topic 25 3%
Research Paper 250 30%
Discussion Board Postings
(11 @ 25 pts each)
275 32%
TOTALS 850 100%

Your final grade for the course is then determined as follows:

Final Grade Total Points Percent of
Final Grade
Final Grade Total Points Percent of
Final Grade
A 799-850 94-100% C 638-654 74-76%
A- 765-798 90-93% C- 595-637 70-73%
B+ 740-764 87-89% D+ 544-594 65-69%
B 714-739 84-86% D 510-543 60-64%
B- 680-713 80-83% F 509 & Below 59% & below
C+ 655-679 77-79%

For further information on our University grading policy, consult the WSU Academic Regulations. Look under Section 90, “Grades and Grade Points.”

Course Schedule

Specific reading and writing assignments are located inside the Blackboard Course Space.

Week Dates Unit / Reading Assignments Due Date (Pacific time)
1 1/8-1/14 Introductions Discussion Posts Original Discussion Post:
Wednesday, 1/10, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 1/12, 11:55 p.m.
Unit 1: Women and Writing
2 1/15-1/21 Lesson 1: Women on Writing

Reading Assignments: 

From  Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism :

George Eliot,   “Silly Novels by Lady Novelists, ”  pp.   8 5 – 9 2 .
Virginia Woolf,  from  A Room of One’s Own,   pp.   1 2 8 – 1 3 6 .
Joanna Russ  ,  “What Can a Heroine Do? ”  pp.   2 0 0 – 2 1 1 .   https://www.docdroid.net/14vyf/russ-what-can-a-heroine-do.pdf.html#page=8 
Alice Walker,   “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, ”  pp.   2 1 2 – 2 1 9 . http://www.msmagazine.com/spring2002/walker.asp
Margaret Atwood,  from  Paradoxes and Dilemmas  ,   pp.   2 2 0 – 2 2 .Short story:  Lorrie Moore,   “How to Become a Writer”  Click for more options

Discussion Posts Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 1/16, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 1/19, 11:55 p.m.
3 1/22-1/28 Lesson 2: Writing Women’s Lives: Fiction, Memoir, and Essay

Reading Assignments:

From Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism:

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper,’” p.119. or online https://csivc.csi.cuny.edu/history/files/lavender/whyyw.html

From the Internet:

Harriet Jacobs, from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Chapters 1 and 2 http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/jacobs/jacobs.html

Tillie Olsen, “I Stand Here Ironing” http://producer.csi.edu/cdraney/2011/278/resources/olsen_ironing.pdf

From Great Short Stories:

“The Yellow Wall-Paper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman, pp. 73-88.

Discussion Posts Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 1/26, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 1/27, 11:55 p.m.
4 1/29- 2/4 Lesson 3: Feminist Theories

Reading Assignments:

From Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism:

Susan Gubar,  Introduction, pp. 293-99.
Judith Fetterley, from The Resisting Reader,  pp. 443-47.
Annette Kolodny, “Dancing through the Minefield,” pp. 473-492.
Elaine Showalter, from Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness, pp. 527-544. If using .pdf, begin reading at .pdf page 5 (article page 182) through to the end.
Barbara Christian, “The Race for Theory,” pp. 620-629.
Terry Castle, from The Apparitional Lesbian, pp. 757-772.

Discussion Posts;
Unit 1 Response Paper
Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 1/30, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 2/2, 11:55 p.m.
Response Paper: Sunday, 2/4, 11:55 p.m.
Unit 2: Nineteenth-Century Debates: Domesticity and the World of Work
5 & 6 2/5- 2/13 Lesson 4: Alcott, Behind a Mask
Reading Assignments:
Louisa May Alcott, Behind a Mask (pp. 1-104; the stories in the rest of the volume are optional)
From Feminist Literary Theory and CriticismNina Baym, from “Melodramas of Beset Manhood: How Theories of American Fiction Exclude Women Authors,” pp. 503-513.
Jane P. Tompkins, from Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Politics of Literary History, pp. 514-526.From Great Short Stories by American Women WritersAlcott,Louisa May ,  “Transcendental Wild Oats,” pp. 35-49.
Discussion Posts Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 2/13, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 2/16, 11:55 p.m.
2/12-2/18
7 2/19-2/25 Lesson 5: 19th-Century Poetry and Short Stories

From Great Short Stories:

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, “A New England Nun,”  pp. 61-72
Kate Chopin,“The Storm,”  pp. 89-94
Susan Glaspell,“A Jury of Her Peers,” pp. 153-173Poems by Emily Dickinson. Read all but especially 67, 249, 258, 280, 285, 303, 306, 315, 328,. 341, 501, 613, 709, 712, 732, 754, 1072, 1624, 1737 [see below]

From Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism

Emily Dickinson, “Letters to T. W. Higginson,” pp. 95-98.
Chapter on Emily Dickinson, pp. 918-933

Discussion Posts;
Unit 2 Response Paper
Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 2/20, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 2/23, 11:55 p.m.
Response Paper: Sunday, 2/25, 11:55 p.m.
Unit 3: Study of an Author: Edith Wharton
8 & 9 2/26-3/4

Unit 3: Study of an Author: Edith Wharton
Lesson 6: Wharton, Summer and Ethan Frome

This lesson is two weeks long in order to enable you to read two short novels (novellas) by a single author, Edith Wharton. Wharton saw these as a pair, calling Summer her “hot Ethan,” a reference to the frozen landscapes of Ethan Frome. As you read the two and prepare to write your discussion post, note any comparisons that you see between them.

Reading Assignments: 

Wharton, Ethan Frome and Summer

Please note the “Finding Scholarly Articles” exercise on the Context and Questions page. This exercise needs to be completed just once in your choice of lessons (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10).

Discussion Posts
Unit 3 Response Paper
Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 3/6, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 3/9, 11:55 p.m.
Response Paper: Sunday, 3/11, 11:55 p.m.
3/5-3/11
Unit 4: Women Writers of Color
3/12-3/18 Spring Break
10 3/19-3/25

Unit 4: Women Writers of Color
Lesson 7: Nella Larsen, Passing

Reading Assignments:

Passing by Nella Larsen

From Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism

Ann duCille, from  Blue Notes on Black Sexuality: Sex and the Texts of the Twenties and Thirties, pp. 957-962
Judith Butler, from Passing, Queering: Nella Larsen’s Psychoanalytic Challenge, pp. 963-971.Please note the “Finding Scholarly Articles” exercise on the Context and Questions page. This exercise needs to be completed just once in your choice of lessons (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10).

Discussion Posts Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 3/20, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 3/23, 11:55 p.m.
11 3/16-4/1

Unit 4: Women Writers of Color
Lesson 8:Short Stories

Reading Assignments: 

From Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism:

bell hooks, “Postmodern Blackness,” pp. 701-708.
Gloria Anzaldua, from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, pp. 247-257
Toni Morrison, from Unspeakable things Unspoken: The Afro-American Presence in American Literature, pp. 267-277.Stories:

Sandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek”
Leslie Marmon Silko, “Lullaby”

From Great Short Stories by American Women Writers

Alice Dunbar-Nelson, “The Stones of the Village,” pp. 130-152.
Zora Neale Hurston, “Sweat,” pp. 182-193.

Please note the “Finding Scholarly Articles” exercise on the Context and Questions page. This exercise needs to be completed just once in your choice of lessons (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10).

Discussion Posts
Unit 4 Response Paper
Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 3/27, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 3/30, 11:55 p.m.
Response Paper: Sunday, 4/1, 11:55 p.m.
Unit 5: The Struggle for Selfhood
12 & 13 4/2-4/8 Lesson 9: Atwood, Alias Grace 
Critical Readings
Discussion Posts
Unit 5 Response Paper
Research Paper Topic
Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 4/10, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 4/13, 11:55 p.m.
Research Paper Topic: Sunday, 4/15, 11:55 p.m.
Response Paper: Sunday, 4/15, 11:55 p.m.
4/12 – 4/18
Unit 6: Contemporary Lives / Local and Global Consciousness
14 & 15 4/16-4/22 Unit 6: Contemporary Lives / Local and Global Consciousness
Lesson 10: Bechdel, Fun Home, and Mourning Dove, CogeweaReading Assignments:Bechdel, Fun HomeMourning Dove, CogeweaPlease note the “Finding Scholarly Articles” exercise on the Context and Questions page. This exercise needs to be completed just once in your choice of lessons (6, 7, 8, 9, or 10).
Discussion Posts
Unit 6 Response Paper
Original Discussion Post: Tuesday, 4/24, 11:55 p.m.
Two Responses to Others’ Posts: Friday, 4/27, 11:55 p.m.
Response Paper: Sunday, 4/29, 11:55 p.m.
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16 4/30-5/6 Finals Week Research Paper Research Paper: Wednesday, 5/2, 11:55 p.m.

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Policies

Plagiarism Policy (supplement to WSU Statement on Academic Integrity). Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else’s words or ideas. This definition includes not only deliberately handing in someone else’s work as your own but failing to cite your sources, including Web pages and Internet sources. Plagiarism also includes handing in a paper that you have previously submitted or are currently submitting for another course.

  • For a first offense, any paper plagiarized in whole or in part will receive an “F” (0 points), and the incident must be reported to the WSU Office of Student Conduct.  You will NOT be allowed to rewrite the plagiarized paper for a better grade.
  • Penalties for a second offense can range from failing the course to suspension from the university.

WSU Email Policy: Per the WSU policy effective August 24, 2015, I will ONLY be able to respond to emails sent from your WSU email address.  I will NOT be able to respond to emails sent from your personal email address as of the first day of fall semester.  Effective the 24th, the IT Department will switch the “preferred” email address in your myWSU to your WSU email address.

WSU Statement on Academic Integrity.Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(3) and -404) will receive a grade of F, will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: http://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=504-26-010. If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructors before proceeding.

If you wish to appeal a faculty member’s decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at conduct.wsu.edu.

WSU Statement on Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities or chronic medical conditions. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center website to follow published procedures to request accommodations: http://www.accesscenter.wsu.edu. Students may also either call or visit the Access Center in person to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. Location: Washington Building 217; Phone: 509-335-3417. All disability related accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. Students with approved accommodations are strongly encouraged to visit with instructors early in the semester during office hours to discuss logistics.

WSU Midterm Policy. Based on ASWSU student requests and action by the Faculty Senate, WSU has instituted Academic Rule 88, which stipulates that all students will receive midterm grades. Midterm grades will be reported as they are calculated in Blackboard.

However, at midterm only 35% of the total graded assignments will have been turned in. Midterm grades are not binding, and because the bulk of the graded work in this course occurs after the midterm point, it can only accurately reflect student performance up to that point.

WSU Statement on Safety and Emergency Notification: Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act,” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight”response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able).

Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the WSU safety portal.

WSU Policy on Excused AbsencesSection 73 of WSU’s regulations does not permit instructors to request official documentation to allow excused absences except for military personnel and those traveling on WSU business; hence no other excused absences are permitted by WSU policy. The attendance policy for this course has been relaxed from previous versions of the course to include an additional absence to make up for this decreased flexibility in policy.

WSU OEO Policy. Discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) is prohibited at WSU (See WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct (Executive Policy 15) and WSU Standards of Conduct for Students).

If you feel you have experienced or have witnessed discriminatory conduct, you can contact the WSU Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO) and/or the WSU Title IX Coordinator to discuss resources and reporting options. (Visit oeo.wsu.edu for more information, including a list of confidential and other resources)

WSU employees, with limited exceptions (e.g. confidential resources such as health care providers and mental health care providers – see oeo.wsu.edu/reporting-requirements for more info), who have information regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are required to report the information to OEO or a designated Title IX Coordinator or Liaison.

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