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Week 8 reading update

Class, as prep for our upcoming research projects, we’ll read and discuss two essays from Young Scholars in Writing, a journal of undergraduate rhetoric and composition research:

Sarah Ann Singer (U Maryland), “Beyond the Domestic Sphere: Home Economics and the Education of Women at Maryland State College, 1916-94,” Young Scholars in Writing 9 (2011)

Sarah Ashlock (U Missouri, Kansas City), “Literacy as Independence: The Writings of Hattie Reynolds, 1870-1927,” Young Scholars in Writing 10 (2012)

Social stratification and educational persistence

In response to our recent conversation, some news pieces that might be of interest:

“Affluent Students Have an Advantage and the Gap Is Widening” (NYT 12/22/12)

“How Top Students of Different Incomes Apply for College” (NYT , 3/16/13)

“From the Most Selective Colleges, More Graduates” (NYT, 9/9/09)

And a recent reform effort:

“A Nudge to Poorer Students to Aim High on Colleges” (9/25/13)

Women’s participation in the labor force

From the US Census, 1900-2002. Note that while single women have long worked in large numbers, the greatest growth in the 20th century was that of married women, who now work at a rate only slightly lower than do single women.



The women’s movement (?), 2013

Interesting analysis by Joan Walsh in Salon on how feminism seemingly came to be so narrowly defined in the last generation and what women’s issues might constitute today. (Please ignore the somewhat incendiary headline.)

Happy Birthday, Jane Addams (9/6)

In honor of  pioneering settlement house worker, social worker, activist, and Nobel Prize winner (and feminist) Jane Addams (1860-1935), the UM library has put together a bibliography for interested scholars. For an introduction to Addams, the Wikipedia entry isn’t bad; see also Daynes and Longo, “Jane Addams and the Origins of Service-Learning Practice in the United States.”


Gail Collins on Women’s Equality Day

“Where Credit Is Due,” NYT 23 Aug. 2013. A nice meditation on “both how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.” The comments are particularly interesting, with lots of testimony from readers.

Welcome to 415 and important course info


Welcome to ENG 415; I’m looking forward to meeting you all on Tuesday and working with you this semester. A few important announcements:

1. Our course website will be here, rather than CTools. You may access the course materials by clicking on the links from the Navigation menu at left. There is no need to “log in” to the site, but to view the readings you will need to enter a special username and password, which I have emailed to all registered students. Let me know if you need this info.

2. Please take a moment to review the working syllabus to ensure your interest the course and to familiarize yourself with its requirements. I also recommend downloading a practice reading just to make sure everything is working properly. Let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.

See you Tuesday.