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Female Friendship: Fictional and Critical Perspectives

HNRS 2030 Sec. 08 - Spring 2019

Professor Kate Jensen Department of French Studies

Tu Th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
200 French House

Women have often been told that we are terrible at being friends because we are unkind and competitive in relation to each other. It is commonly assumed, moreover, that we will abandon our women friends for romantic relationships. "Female Friendship: Fictional and Critical Perspectives" will address these issues by engaging students in detailed readings of primary and secondary sources portraying friendships between two girls or women and requiring that they think analytically about the ways the authors studied characterize female friendships.

We will first examine how six novels and one memoir, taking place in various time periods and racial and cultural milieus, portray female friendship. In each portrayal, we will study how the friendship between the two female characters begins and how it changes over time as the characters age. In the second part of the course, we will read three recent studies, each seeking to define the specificity of friendships between women.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities