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Varieties in Literature – Macho Men and Distressed Damsels: Interrogating Gender Stereotypes

MWF 1:50 to 2:50 p.m. (Hybrid Traditional)

Instructor: Marcie Rovan

Expectations and norms for gender identity and gender role behavior changed significantly throughout the course of the twentieth century. Responding to political, economic, and social changes, some writers expressed their anxieties about shifting roles while others embraced opportunities to break free of gender stereotypes or mocked those who clung to them. In this course, we will explore depictions of masculinity and femininity in a variety of texts and genres to consider how authors represented and challenged the gender stereotypes of their times.

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