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Revision Date: 09-May-24

Fall 2024 | ENG-2510-VO01 - Women & Literature

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 13 (as of 07-13-24 3:05 PM)
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Jenny Dunning
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

Course Description

This course is a survey of women and literature from broad and culturally diverse perspectives. It includes the study of writings by women authors, women as characters in fiction, and the condition of women as theme and subject matter in literature. Students will explore the use of literary elements and analysis as they examine the social and historical contexts that have determined the roles of women around the world and through different time periods.

Essential Objectives

1. Distinguish between literary genres, such as the novel, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama.
2. Define literary elements such as theme, character, plot, imagery, setting, point of view, and symbolism.
3. Explain how writers use literary elements to express ideas, emotions, and values in specific works.
4. Describe the cultural and historical context of selected works of literature.
5. Discuss the way in which literature illuminates the roles of women in a variety of cultures, with a focus on connections between gender, race, ethnicity, and class.
6. Ascertain patterns of women's self-discovery and self-assertion in a novel.
7. Determine the social and literary significance of the roles in which women are cast.
8. Critically analyze selected literary works.
9. Read, critique, and discuss issues surrounding women and literature: women as authors, characters, and subjects.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class.
This class may require purchase of supplies or materials that are not available through the CCV bookstore. ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Fall 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ENG-2510-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Allowed: This course's generative AI policy acknowledges technology, including generative AI, plays a supportive role in learning and feedback. During our class, we may use AI writing tools such as ChatGPT in certain specific cases. You will be informed as to when, where, and how these tools are permitted to be used, along with guidance for attribution. Any use outside of these specific cases constitutes a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

Generative AI tools can be helpful for brainstorming, research, and editing help. However, use of AI is NOT appropriate for generating text to be submitted for any assignments in this class. The tool recommended for this course is Microsoft Copilot. ALL uses of AI MUST be documented in a postscript with the links to the query included.


  • intensive online reading discussion forums
  • group annotation assignments
  • informal reflections on shorter readings
  • literary analysis on The Bluest Eye (can take the form of a written essay or some kind of presentation)
  • creative response to The House on Mango Street
  • peer reviews of rough drafts
  • final project: presentation on a contemporary work of literature (choosen from a list that includes novels, memoirs, graphic novels, films, and collections of poetry, short stories and essays)
  • course reflection

Evaluation Criteria

30% Participation: includes Canvas Discussions/annotations/peer review

15% Informal Reflections (5)

15% Literary Analysis

15% Creative Response

15% Final Project (presentation; collaborative option)

10% Course Reflection

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (1903)--Masterpiece Theater video.


Canvas Discussion



“The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman(1892) and “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit (2014)


Informal reflection (on Room), Canvas Discussion



The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison (1970)


Informal reflection (on "Yellow" and "Men"), Canvas Discussion



Bluest Eye


Canvas Discussion



Bluest Eye


Canvas Discussion, literary analysis rough draft (on The Bluest Eye)



Selected poems


Peer review drafts, group annotations and Canvas Discussion, literary analysis final draft



The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)


Informal reflection (on poems), Canvas Discussion



The House on Mango Street


Canvas Discussion, Creative Response rough draft (to The House on Mango Street)



Short films & articles


peer review of drafts, Canvas Discussion, Creative Response final draft



Short stories: "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," Ursula Le Guin (1973) and "The Ones Who Stay and Fight," N. K. Jemisin (2020)


Canvas Discussion



Essay: "Superbabies Don't Cry," Heather Lanier (2017)


Informal reflection (on "Ones Who Walk Away," "Ones Who Stay and Fight"), Canvas Discussion



Begin final project


Informal reflection (on "Superbabies)



Work on final project


Final Project: presentation on chosen text/author



Share final projects



Ted Talk: Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie (2014); Share Final Projects (if need more time)


Course Reflection


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Some assignments (discussion posts, annotations, and peer reviews) will be due mid-week (by midnight Saturday); other assignments will be due by midnight Tuesday.
  • All late work will be marked down.
  • Because late submission of group work such as discussions, annotations, and peer review affects others in the course, these assignments will not be accepted late.
  • Partial credit is given for group work. For example, students can participate in reading discussions if initial comment posts are missing.
  • Rough drafts of formal writing projects are high-point assignments. On-time submission is essential because Canvas only assigns peer reviews to those who have submitted papers Thus rough drafts submitted late will receive very little or no credit.
  • Final drafts of formal writing projects will be marked down 1/3 letter grade for each day late and will not be accepted more than one week after due date.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.