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On April 18, 2006, Laurie McMillan sent the following query to WPA-L:

“I will be teaching an undergraduate course in the fall called “Feminist Writing & Rhetoric” and am having trouble deciding on a text to use. The course will focus on what it means to “write like a feminist,” and the (tentative) writing assignments will include an annotated bibliography on a subtopic of feminism and writing; an academic feminist essay; a feminist review or essay for a popular venue; a policy proposal (most likely in the form of a letter); and a response journal.

“I would like students to read both examples of feminist writing and theories of feminist writing, but I’m not sure if there’s an anthology out there that includes all the sorts of stuff I’m looking for. I have lots of individual essays in mind, and I know that I’ll use some online sources and newspapers, but I thought it would be worth asking whether any of you teach a similar course or know of a text that might be appropriate.

  • Here are some of the individual essays that I’ve been thinking about:
  • Rachel Blau DuPlessis “f-words: An Essay on the Essay”
  • Helene Cixous “The Laugh of the Medusa”
  • Alice Walker “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens”
  • Woolf—possibly from _A Room of One’s Own_ bell hooks—haven’t narrowed this one down yet *Carol Gilligan “Woman’s Place in Man’s Life Cycle”
  • Jane Tompkins “Me and My Shadow”
  • Gloria Anzaldua from _Borderlands_
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions”
  • Linda Kaufman “The Long Goodbye”

Dr. Laurie McMillan, Writing Coordinator, English Department, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509\\ LMcMillan at Marywood dot edu

Laurie agreed to share her compiled list via CompFAQs: (Note: To navigate among the pages, use the links below or those in the side bar on the left.)

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