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

Online Asynchronous

Instructor: Marcie Rovan

EN 232 provides an introduction to literature organized by genre or theme Emphasis is placed on developing skill in analytical writing about literature. This Summer 2021 section will be organized around the theme of gender. 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.

This class is online asynchronous with weekly deadlines for completing assignments and virtual discussions.

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