Student and Instructor Perspectives on Reshaping a Literature by Women Course

By Dr. Hillary Fezzey (she/her)
Professor, Writing, Language, and Literature, UW-Superior

Lexie Hausman (she/her)
Student, UW-Superior

Abstract:

This presentation will share the results of revising the curriculum in a Literature by Women general education course from a student and instructor perspective. The presentation will display a student research project on Virginia Woolf, as well as the pedagogical strategies employed to emphasize intersectional feminism and antiracism and examples of student work, with particular emphasis on Phillis Wheatley Peters.Student research: The aspect of androgyny and separation from the patriarchy are key in understanding intersectional feminism. Woolf explains the concept of an androgynous mind and how having a balance between feminine and masculine energy is important to achieve creative brilliance. Financial freedom is another big part of Woolf’s essay. Financial freedom is the most important thing to have to be a successful female writer and be able to separate from the patriarchal standards women felt then and feel now. Woolf’s essay A Room of One’s Own is an important piece of literature for the new generation to grasp the concept of intersectionality from a female writer.

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  1. This video described that UW-Madison 4W, which has helped more women to become active in the community. These women are also making efforts in health, environment, social justice, and international arts. In addition, they promote women well being and women’s equality in African schools. It also made me realize that gender inequality continues to be a very serious problem in the education system, much like racial segregation in education, which affects women having the same equal educational opportunities as everyone else.

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