Instructor: Hogeland                   W              12:30PM – 3:20PM

American Women Novelists will trace a particular women’s literary tradition from the 19th century to the present.  The reading list is heavy in primary texts (that is, novels, and often two per week), with presentations on critical secondary works.  Written work will consist of a seminar paper on a topic of the student’s devising.  Novels may include Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall; Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth; Gertrude Stein, Melanctha; Jessie Redmon Fauset, Plum Bun; Edna Ferber, So Big; Ann Petry, The Street; Dorothy B. Hughes, In a Lonely Place; Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley; Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony or Almanac of the Dead; Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina; Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies;  Sarah Shulman, People in Trouble or Rat Bohemia; Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye or Beloved; Joyce Carol Oates, The Accursed.