Teaching Women and Literature and Feminist Theory

Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick


An article that presents the ideological underpinnings and the pedagogical strategies of an interdisciplinary course on women and literature and feminist theory accompanies the syllabus for that course. The syllabus is designed to engage students and to cultivate their critical reading, thinking, and writing abilities. Ultimately, the design of this course is to empower students to identify, approach, access, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and understand texts from their own perspective, but a perspective informed by diverse voices and issues that matter to them and to their world. The author draws upon pedagogical theorists in framing her argument about her approach to a women and literature and feminist theory course that is housed in English and Women's Studies.



college course; higher education curriculum; women writers; feminist theory

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Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed, trans. Myra Bergman Ramos, 30th anniversary ed. New York: Continuum, 2003. Print.

Graff, Gerald. Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education. New York: Norton, 1992. Print.

Greenwood, Nancy A. and Jay R. Howard. First Contact: Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011. Print.

Howard, Jay R. “What Does Research Tell Us About Classroom Discussion?” Discussion in the College Classroom. Ed. Jay R. Howard. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, 2004. 2-8. Print.

hooks, bell. Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black. Boston: South End P, 1989. Print.

Showalter, Elaine. Teaching Literature. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003. Print.

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