Fall 2016 - ENGL 486W E100
Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Literature (4)
Class Number: 3814
Delivery Method: In Person
The study of selected literary works as they intersect with and are shaped by issues of gender and sexuality. May be organized by theme, critical approach, historical period, or individual author. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Students who obtained credit for ENGL 486W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Students who obtained credit for ENGL 486 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.
From the Man in the Moon to the Boss in the Pants: Women and Comedy, 1660-2016
In 2008, the skit featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s impersonations of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton influenced the course of the American presidential election. Now in 2016, with Clinton as the democratic nominee, how has comedy by women mattered and how will it continue to shape public dialogue? This course begins by looking back at some of the earliest comedy written by women, including writers such as Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, and Jane Austen. In the second part of the class, we look at twentieth and twenty-first century female comedians, such as Dorothy Parker, Moms Mabley, and Fey and Poehler. We will also study comedy theory, both traditional approaches by writers such as Freud and Bergson, and contemporary readings that account for gender.
- attendance and participation 15%
- response paper (5 pages plus revision) 25%
- annotated bibliography 20%
- research paper (11-14 pages) 35%
- final presentation 5%
Jane Austen, Emma.
Tanya Caldwell, ed. Popular Plays by Women in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century.
Margaret Cavendish, Bell in Campo and The Sociable Companions.
Jane Collier, Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting.
Tina Fey, Bossypants.
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