Writing into the Conversation: Fiction by Women
The cultural role and critical reception of fiction written by women is at the heart of an ongoing debate within the literary community: if there’s a difference between “men’s” and “women’s” fiction, what defines “women’s” fiction, how cultural perceptions of gender determine the reception of women writers’ work? The work of the women behind these issues will be at the center of this class. We’ll read short stories by six contemporary women writers, including Joan Silber and Yiyun Li, along with a handful of relevant critical essays. Each student will write and workshop a story developed in response to or influenced by the work of a female contemporary.