WOMEN UNWOUND: A SURVEY OF FEMINIST LITERATURE – ZOOM ONLY by Mikala Jones
Identity, silencing, domestic and public roles, mental health, and other major ideas pertaining to gendered power dynamics will be addressed in this course's readings. We will trace common themes between short stories, poems, and novels pulled from Modernist and Contemporary authors. Sessions will address various literary theories such as feminism and ecofeminism to help compliment the readings. Our major texts will be the following: The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore, Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, and Still Life with Mother and Knife by Georgia's Poet Laureate Chelsea Rathburn. Our course calendar will highlight which focal text, theory, and themes to prepare for the particular week's discussion. Supplementary texts will be emailed to participants as necessary.
Mikala Jones joined Young Harris College’s Department of Literature and Languages in 2020 soon after earning her MA in English Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also holds a BA in English Literature from Young Harris College. Mikala focuses her scholarly work on prison writing programs, literacy studies, and community engagement, and her hobbies include hiking, stamp carving, and—of course—both reading and writing.