|教員氏名||Maria Lupas（マリア ルパス）|
Comparative Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies
Women Writers, Christian Humanism, Life Writing
We will read texts by influential women writers including Mother Teresa, Therese of Lisieux, Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Murasaki Shikibu, and Sei Shonagon. We will practice reading a text by looking at its style, themes, literary genre, and context. We will practice taking research notes on a literary text and expanding these notes into a research report. In pre-seminar we will read short selections (a few pages) from each author and develop skills as active readers and researchers. For the research report students can pick other texts from the authors we read or research a different author on themes related to the class. In Seminar I and Seminar II, we will read longer selections on themes we started to develop in pre-seminar. Students may do reports on the authors we studied or on an author of their choice after consulting with the instructor.
Reading quickly and accurately in English is a valuable skill in the workplace and in extended university studies, so this class is useful for students who will use English in their jobs or continue studying at another university. Gathering information and doing basic research on a topic in English is another useful skill for university studies and for the workplace.
In this seminar, students will get practice accurately reading texts in English and expressing themselves in English. They will also explore several themes in women’s writing including the place of women and women writers in society, the challenges and joys of women in many different situations, and the ultimate meaning of being human and being a woman.
In class we will help each other speak and read in English. For pre-seminar, the texts we will read will be very short. Most of the texts we are studying are also available in Japanese, so you can prepare in Japanese if you like and try to express yourself in English in class. Your English does not have to be perfect! The goal is to improve ourselves.