English R1A

Reading and Composition: Marrying the Master

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
12 Fall 2007 Natalia Cecire
TTh 2-3:30 255 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

"Bront�, Jane Eyre

Brown, Clotel

Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Richardson, Pamela

Diana Hacker, Rules for Writers (6th ed.)

Joseph Williams, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace (7th ed.)

A course reader "


Marriage has historically been seen as women�s primary source of socioeconomic mobility; whereas male ascendancy is narrated explicitly in terms of material wealth and status, the woman�s acquisition of socioeconomic status is narrated in affective terms. In this course, we will examine narratives of heterosexual romantic love that explicitly mark class and status differentials, often extreme ones. In addition to teasing out the socioeconomic structure of romantic love narratives, we will develop strategies for reading well, thinking carefully, and writing clear analytical prose. Texts studied will include versions of �Cinderella,� Pamela, Clotel, Jane Eyre, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, selected writings by Hannah Cullwick, and selected criticism and theory.

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