BMA-AMED17-402.03
Gender and the American short story (Gender és az amerikai novellairodalom) in spring 2019
Bán Zsófia, Tue 12:00–13:30, R432, host: DAS (R306)
5-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: AMED17-141
description & set texts
This course intends to investigate the wide-ranging styles, voices and richly different worlds of 19th, 20th and 21st century American writers. We will investigate how their stories either directly address gender-related issues or how their writing presents issues that can be discussed from a perhaps not so obvious gender perspective. 1.Intro 2.Edgar Allan Poe: “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 3.Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “The Yellow Wallpaper” 4.Kate Chopin: “Désirée’s Baby”, “A Respectable Woman” 5.Ernest Hemingway: “Hills Like White Elephants” 6.F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” 7.Raymond Carver: “Tell the Women We’re Going” 8.Bharati Mukherjee: “A Wife’s Story” 9.John Updike: “Separation” 10.Audre Lorde: “Tar Beach“ 11.Lydia Davis: “Story”, “Marie Curie, So Honorable Woman”, “Suddenly Afraid” 12.Final Test
requirements & assessment
Grades will be based on (i) class participation (ii) presentation and (iii) test grade. Attendance. It is assumed that everyone will attend the classes. In accordance with university regulations, students are allowed three absences per semester; with more than three absences, their course will be incomplete. Reading the assigned texts. Students are required to come prepared for class: they must be able to understand the texts (know the words), remember details, and formulate their critical comments. Not reading the assignment for a class counts as an absence. Assigned texts should always be brought to class either electronically (no phones) or in a printout or book. Less accessible texts can be copied from the master copies in the office.