This course explores works that are both by women and about women. Students will analyze the way women are portrayed in literature, explore the history of women's writing, and critically examine how women use language to give meaning to their lives. The content may vary from term to term, but students should expect to encounter works from many genres, including novels, essay, memoires, drama, poetry, and short stories. To show the historical and cultural evolution of women's writing, works from different time periods and different English-speaking countries will be included. An overview of feminist critical theory, as it relates to elements of the course, will be included. The course is not aimed specifically at women.