Gender and Literature (ELIT430) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Gender and Literature ELIT430 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course aims at raising awareness of the concept of gender through studying this concept on selected texts from mostly from English and American Literature and Culture.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • are able to tell the difference between biological sex and gender,
  • learn about how gender roles are produced and reproduced in literature and culture
  • Address and discuss gender issues in literary and cultural texts
Course Content Sex, gender, patriarchy, feminist critical approaches.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 A General Introduction; The Period of Mother Goddess, Isis, etc. The Establishment of Patriarchy: Greek Myths: Hera, Helen of Troy, Pandora; Adam’s first wife Lillith,Adam^s Second wife Eve, etc. Toplumsal Cinsiyet ve Yansımaları, Chapter V A General Introduction
2 Fairy Tales :“Blue Beard” Charles Perrault” (On The Internet)…And Then The Prince Knelt Down and Tried to put the Glass Slipper on Cindrella’s Foot” Judith Viorst; “Gossip” Jake Allsop (on The Internet) Fairy Tales
3 “The Birth of Her First Child and Her First Vision” and “Her Pride and Attempts To Start A Business”, Margery Kempe Norton Anth.Vol: I, pp.367-369 Norton Anth.Vol: I, pp.367-369
4 4- “To The Queen’s Most Exellent Majesty” Aemilia Lanyer, The Norton Anthology, Vol:I p. 1282; “A Married State” Katherine Philips, The Norton Anthology Vol: I p.1679 The Norton Anthology
5 “A True Relation of My Birth,…,” The Epilogue to The Reader, Margaret Cavendish The Norton Anthology, pp. 1762-1765; “The Lover :A Ballad” Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Norton Anthology Vol:I, p.2580 The Norton Anthology
6 A Vindication of The Rights of Women, M.Wollstonecraft The Norton Anthology,Vol:II, Ch. 4, pp.189-196 A Vindication of The Rights of Women
7 “My Last Duchess Ferrara”, Robert Browning, The Norton Anthology,Vol:II,pp.1255-1256 “My Last Duchess Ferrara”
8 Midterm
9 “To George Sand” : A Desire”; “To George Sand” : A Recognition” Elizabeth Barrett Browning The Norton Anthology, Vol:II 1083; “Livvie” Eudora Welty Fiction, Gwyn(ed) pp. 186-197 “To George Sand” : A Desire”; “To George Sand” : A Recognition” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
10 Trifles, Susan Glaspell Literature and Gender, pp.360-369 Trifles
11 “Cora Unashamed” Langston Hughes; On the Internet; “Desiree’s Baby” Kate Chopin The Story and Its Writer p.316-320 “Cora Unashamed” Langston Hughes;; “Desiree’s Baby” Kate Chopin
12 From The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill, The Norton Anthology Vol:II pp.1061-1070 A Room of One’s Own , Virginia Woolf The Norton Anthology Vol: II pp.2092-2152 The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
13 “To The Room 19” Doris Lessing, The Norton Anthology , Vol: II, pp. 2544-2565 “To The Room 19” Doris Lessing
14 “Weekend Story” Fay Weldon “Weekend Story” Fay Weldon
15 The Chrysantemums John Steinbeck Fiction Gwyn (ed.) pp.165-174 The Chrysantemums John Steinbeck
16 review


Course Book 1. The Norton Anthology of English Literature Vols 1 and 2 (for primary sources)
2. Fiction A.S.Gwyn A Harper Collins Pocket Anthology, 1993
3. The Story and Its Writer Ann Charters (ed), Bedford Books , 1995
9. Literature and Gender Ed. By Lizbeth Goodman, Routledge, 1996.
11. World’s of Fiction R.Rubesnstein and C. Larson (eds) McMillan,1993
Other Sources 4. Working With Feminist Criticism Mary Eagleton, Blackwell, 1996
5. A Literature Of Their Own : From Charlotte Bronte to Doris Lessing, Virgo press,1995
6. An Introduction to Women’s Studies. Berly Madoc-Jones, (ed.)Blackwell, 1997
7. Feminist Criticism: Women as Contemporary Critics, Maggie Humm, St. Martin’s Press
8. Modern Feminisms, Maggie Humm, Columbia UP, 1992
10. A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Feminism, Maggie Humm, Harvester, Wheatsheaf, 1994

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 10
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 50
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 50
Percentage of Final Work 50
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To be able to use English language competently concerning four basic skills, namely listening, reading, speaking, and writing X
2 To have extensive theoretical knowledge about English literature. X
3 To gain knowledge about literary theories and to be able to apply these theories to various literary texts X
4 To acquire detailed knowledge about British culture in all its aspects X
5 To be able to compare and contrast English literature with other literatures through works from different periods and genres. X
6 To be able to compare and contrast British culture with other cultures X
7 To plan, organize, and conduct the activities related to the field X
8 To acquire the skills of creative, critical, and analytical thinking X
9 To gain knowledge about how to conduct an academic research and to use the acquired knowledge in accordance with the purpose of the research X
10 To acquire professional ethics and to use them in the process of research and production X
11 The ability to translate various kinds of texts from different disciplines both from English into Turkish and from Turkish into English X
12 To get prepared for professional life by developing a sense of responsibility through individual tasks and group projects X
13 To be able to understand and decipher various discourses involved in literature such as literary, philosophical, psychological, cultural, critical and theoretical discourses in English language X
14 To be able to understand and be a part of world culture X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 1 10 10
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 15 15
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 135