Welcome to ENG181! Literature, Space, and Gender is a writing intensive course that will introduce practical exercises in critical analysis, creative scholarship, research methods, and argumentation. You will also learn techniques for effective college-level writing and literary analysis through writing about literature.
From the football stadium to the parlor room, spaces gender, structure, and commodify human experience. In this course, we will explore the politics of gender construction in literary texts by looking at the public and private domains of identity formation from 1885 to the present. Will also consider spatial metaphors of the mind (ideas such as “coming out of the closet”) in examining how cultural spaces permit or prohibit social acts of various kinds. Other themes include spatiality and masculinity/femininity, transgression and activism, landscapes, domestic spaces and the wilderness, and architecture, design, and decoration. In discovering how spaces transmit various gendered messages, we will cross textual thresholds as careful, critical readers of literature and culture.
As part of the course, students conducted research in Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library (MARBL). To learn more about the course unit on Artists’ Books and to read the top three student essays, visit the Artists’ Books Showcase online archive: