English R1B

Reading and Composition: Girls, Misunderstood?: “Deviant” Women in Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
2 Summer 2021 Ghosh, Srijani
TWTh 12-2:30 A


The trope of female instability seen in recent psychological thrillers, such as The Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train, has a long literary history and has its roots in deeming women “mad” or “hysterical” when they deviate from the established sociocultural norms of a given time period or community. What drives women to madness and how does society punish a woman when it considers her an Other? This will be a reading- and writing-intensive course where we will examine short stories and novels, focusing on the way gender, class, and race contribute to the definition and treatment of mental illness.

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