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EWRT 1B: Reading, Writing, and Research

Love, Manipulation, and the Construction of Gender

Winter 2012 Rev

Professor: M. Reber Phone: (408) 864-5565

Classroom: L82 Email:

Office: L41 Hours: T/TH 3:00-3:50 p.m. Web Site:

Course Texts

  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.

  • An Ideal Husband or The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

  • EWRT 1B Reader: Love, Manipulation, and the Construction of Gender compiled by M. Reber

Course Introduction

In this course you deepen your analytical and comparative skills by writing interpretive, analytical, and argumentative pieces on literary and imaginative texts linked by a common theme. You demonstrate your ability to analyze, compare, and synthesize outside research by writing a research paper.

This course identifies constructions of gender and notions of love in many of its forms as reflected in literary and expository writing such as plays, poems, short stories, and articles. We examine how gender stereotypes have developed over time. We discuss the validity of these stereotypes and how they contribute to men and women’s notions of love, ideals, and manipulation. We also explore how film supports these notions.

Course Objectives

In this course, you:

  • Identify literary basis for notions of gender and love and evaluate the validity of these constructions.

  • Compare and contrast constructions of gender in the past with current notions of men and women.

  • Apply knowledge of cultural and historical context to interpret, analyze, and compare texts.

  • Recognize, compare, and evaluate alternative points of view.

  • Apply the process model of composition to writing and rewriting.

  • Integrate logical and organizational models of written text with linear sequence of words and sentences.

Course Evaluation

The point break down for grading in the course is shown in the table below:




Quizzes (10 x 5 pts each)


Journal (10 x 10 pts each)


Essay: Love


Essay: Taming of the Shrew


Group Presentation: Oscar Wilde


Research Paper




You are evaluated on a 100% scale (93-100 = A, 90-92 = A-, 87-89% = B+, 83-86 = B, 80-82 = B-, etc.).

Course Assignments

Quizzes. You can plan on a pop quiz roughly once a week. These quizzes measure your preparation for class and your understanding of class lecture and concepts covered. Quizzes are given at the beginning of the class period and cannot be made up so do not be late. I drop your two lowest quiz scores.

Journal. Keep a course journal in which you write responses to particular questions or ideas discussed in class or in specified readings. Some journal activities may take place in the classroom, but most are given as homework. Journal activities must be typed unless otherwise specified by me and are stamped at the beginning of class the day they are due. Unstamped journal entries can still be submitted for final grading, but are eligible for only half credit. There are 11 total journal assignments and 10 must be submitted for grading. The entire journal is due at the end of class for grading and receives one grade overall.

Essays. You are required to write two essays (3-5 pages each) that demonstrate your ability to analyze works according to our theme. The subject of each essay is given to you (Love and Taming of the Shrew), but the thesis you must come up with on your own. Determining what aspect of a work or topic you will write about is part of the critical thinking process. The essay on love must demonstrate careful critical thinking, illustrate sound analysis of at least one work of your choosing, and use a minimum of three quotes. The essay on Taming of the Shrew must be a careful analysis of elements within the work (symbolism, theme, characterization, etc.) rather than a touchy-feely response. You must support your reading with evidence and quotes from the primary text and use secondary sources as directed. Each essay must have a clear thesis, solid support, and be organized effectively. Careful proofreading and correct grammar and punctuation are crucial. You are required to share with class members a thesis statement and a draft for each essay that you must turn in with the final paper. Your final score is affected by the quality of your thesis and draft. A missed thesis/draft results in a 10% deduction.

Group Presentation. You work collaboratively with other students to make a creative presentation (15 min.) to the class on one of Oscar Wilde’s plays. You are graded on the quality of the presentation as well as on some form of written material you create that accompanies it (3+ pages). Be creative and have fun with the presentation. Though these presentations are less formal and more interactive than the essays, your presentation must still demonstrate a careful critical reading of the text and show your ability to analyze and research.

Research Paper. You write a research paper that demonstrates your ability to synthesize and analyze ideas and texts we have discussed in class as well as research you conduct on your own. See Research Paper handout.

Course Policies and Procedures

Assignment Format. All of your assignments must be typed (11-12 pt. font), double-spaced, stapled, include a title, and have the heading in the upper left-hand corner (line 1: your name; line 2: course title and my last name; line 3: assignment name; line 4: the date). The title of the assignment or essay should then appear centered on the very next line. For journals, please identify the number of the journal in the title.

Plagiarism and Cheating. Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas in direct quote, paraphrase, or summary form and submitting them as your own. Students who plagiarize will be automatically failed for the quarter. Cheating of any kind is not tolerated and could result in you being failed or dropped from the course. Cheating includes talking during quizzes, claiming someone else’s work as your own, copying in any form, and doing anything that compromises your academic integrity. You are responsible to prove your work is your own.

Class Disruption Policy. Disruptive behavior is not tolerated in class and could result in you being dropped from the class. Cell phones, pagers, iPods, etc. must be turned off during class. Should your cell phone ring during class, you are responsible for bringing treats for the entire class the following day.

Late Papers and Assignments. Papers/assignments are due at the beginning of class. If you come late and turn in your assignment before the period ends, your grade for that assignment is dropped one letter grade. Assignments/papers are not accepted after the period has ended on the date due (except journals). I reserve the right to make exceptions to this policy at my discretion. Please talk to me if you have extenuating circumstances. I am much more likely to work with you if you have notified me in advance rather than after the fact.

Attendance and Tardiness. Quizzes and assignments are due at the beginning of class. If you are late, you are not allowed to make up the quiz. Excessive unexcused absences (more than 2) could result in you being dropped from the class at any time as could more than 1 unexcused absence during the first week of class. Two unexcused tardies = one unexcused absence. I reserve the right to make exceptions to this policy at my discretion. Please talk to me if you have an emergency. I am more likely to excuse you if you have notified me in advance.

Extra Credit. I allow some extra credit. See Reader for extra credit opportunities.

Last Day to Drop with a “W.” The last day to drop with a “W” is Friday, Mar. 2nd. No automatic Ws assigned.

Assistance. For academic counseling, contact Renee McGinley at x. 5865 or at
For personal counseling, contact Adrienne Pierre at x. 8784 or at

Writing Help. See the WRC in SC3, or for grammar help visit:

EWRT 1B Schedule




Reading Due

Assignments Due



Gender, Stereotypes,
and Romance

The Rules: Time Tested Secrets excerpt

“Getting Married: The Strategic Approach”


“How (Not) to Get a Man”

“Break the Rules”

Men are from Mars Women are from… excerpt

“What’s the Difference…Boys and Girls”



Greece, Rome,
and the Bible

“Philosophy of Love”

“The Love That’s Easy to Hate”

“Silly Love Songs”

“Thesis and Organization”

“Understanding/Using Elements of Argument”

J1: Men and Women


Ovid’s The Art of Love excerpt

“Do It Yourself Heroes”

Essay Thesis: Love

J2: Ovid



Middle Ages

Backgrounds to Romance: “Courtly Love”

World Literature 1: Courtly Love Study Guide

“Documenting Sources: MLA”

Essay Draft: Love


De Amore-Rules for Love by Capellanus

Malleus Maleficarum

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Readings

Essay Final: Love



Renaissance -
17th Century

Taming Induction and Act 1

“Reading and Writing About Literature”

J3: Capellanus


Taming Acts II and III

“How to Write a Critical Analysis”



Taming Acts IV and V

J4: Taming


“The Male Myth”

“The Men We Carry in our Minds”

“How Friendship was Feminized”

“The Glass Ego”

Essay Thesis

J5: The Male Myth

(Groups Established)




Romantic Poetry

Earnest or Ideal Husband (Acts I and II)

Essay Draft: Taming

J6: Romantic Poetry


18-19th Centuries

Earnest or Ideal Husband (Acts III and IV)

“Venus Envy”

“The Ugly Truth About Beauty”

Essay Final: Taming



A Doll’s House summary and excerpt

Group Presentation Idea

J7: Beauty


J8: Doll’s House



Group Presentations Earnest


Student Samples: Research Papers

Group Presentations Ideal



20th Century and


“Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”

“The Good Wife’s Guide”

Research Paper Thesis

J9: Group Presentation (in-class)


“Professions for Women”

“Bitch, Bitch, Bitch”

“You Are What You Say”

J10: Good Wife/Husband Guide



“The Second Shift: Employed Women…”

Research Paper Draft 1


“Are Men’s Fingers Faster?”

“Women’s Brains”

“Sex in the Brain”

J11: Nature/Nurture

Course Journal due



“Why Boys Don’t Play with Dolls”

Research Paper Draft 2


The Man in a Case

Research Paper FINAL



FINAL EXAM 4-6 p.m.

Course Evaluation

**This schedule is a working outline and is subject to change. I reserve the right to modify the schedule, add or delete reading or assignments, and change topics at any time.

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