Crosslisted with GSOC and COML
MWF 11, EDUC 008
Linda Chance, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Office: Williams 852, 898-6334 (direct line), 898-7466 for messages
Hours: M 2-4, and by appointment
A man from Tennessee writes Memoirs of a Geisha
A Japanese novelist tells the
story of the "comfort women" who served the Japanese army.
A tenth century courtier poses as
a woman writing the first woman's diary.
Poets from Byron to Robert Lowell, through Ezra
Pound to Li Po, have written as though they were women, decrying their painful situations.
something wrong with this picture, or is "woman" such a fascinating position from which to
speak that writers can hardly help trying it on for size?
In this course we will look at male
literary impersonators of women as well as women writers.
Our questions will include who
speaks in literature for female prostitutes--whose bodies are in some sense the property of men--
and what happens when women inhabit the bodies of other women via spirit possession.
Readings draw on the Japanese tradition, which is especially rich in such cases, and also
American, British, South African, Greek, Israeli and Chinese literature.
readings include feminist criticism.
The core of the university is the process of "the long quest and slow discovery,
the quiet expanding influence of personality upon personality, of mind upon mind, the silent
interdependent growth of knowledge and power and spirit, the slow, unconscious advance
towards maturity, from day to day, in both teacher and taught."
--Charles C. Osgood
Participation and preparation 20%, reading journal and other informal
writing 25%, statement of issues 5%, Wiki project 20%, final paper project 30%.
Questions we will explore over the semester will come from you as much as
Once during the semester, you will be asked to lead part of the discussion with a
You will contribute your questions and comments in class, but you are also
encouraged to write them to the message board area of the website, so that all members of the
class may see them and respond.
I will use the website to give you hints about reading, and to
post other announcements.
The website can be found at
The listserv is another way to communicate with your classmates. That address is
Please remember not to hit the "reply" key unless you want the entire list to see your message!
Participation means both active contribution in discussions and active listening to your