Literature and Gender, 1st edition

Published by Pearson (December 21, 2010) © 2011

  • Elizabeth Primamore
  • Dolores DeLuise

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Literature and Gender introduces students to gender by having them read, discuss, and write about gender-related topics, which are often connected to issues of race, ethnicity, and class.  The book features contemporary as well as classic literature with a global perspective.  This literature is arranged under five primary themes:




“Ethnicities and Identities,” and

“Roles of Women and Men in Society.” 

Each section is introduced by broad overviews of the subject, authors’ biographies, short introductions to each work, the works themselves, and selections of study questions.  Finally, the anthology also helps students increase their abilities to read critically and thoughtfully and to experience the readings in relation to their own lives and personal issues. 

The Essential Literature Series provides a variety of themes, subgenres, and diverse topics to engage introduction to literature/literature for composition students.  These brief, affordable books are designed to be used stand alone for introductory courses focused on a particular topic or theme or as supplemental texts in advanced literature courses.

Headnotes:  Each author features a short biography providing valuable background information.

Introductions:  Each of the five themes features an introduction that provides insight to the featured selections.

Study Questions:  All the selections are followed by study questions that encourage students to think and write critically about the gender theme as well as to apply literary analysis to the selection. 

Themes:  Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities, Ethnicities and Identities, and Roles of Women and Men in Society. 

Diverse Selections: Works by African-American, Chinese, Egyptian-American, Iranian-American, Italian-American, Lesbian and Gay American, Hispanic, and Irish authors.

Time periods:  18th and 19th Century works as well as contemporary works


Table of Contents


I.    Femininities


1.      Women as Art

“The Oval Portrait,” Edgar Allen Poe, short story

“My Last Duchess,” Robert Browning, poem

“A Musical Instrument,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poem

“Their Last Visitor,” Young-ha Kim, short story


2.      Women as Artists

“Diving into the Wreck,” Adrienne Rich, poem

 “Sin Titulo,” Lois Griffith, poem

“A Girl,” Michael Field, poem

“Striving to be Selfish,” Ruthann Robson, creative non-fiction

“The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman, short story


3.      The Body

Dryope, myth

“and all she ever wanted,” Angela Costa, poem

“The End of Summer,” Kimberly Gorall, creative non-fiction

Excerpt From Women Without Men, “Mahdokht,” Shahrnush Parsipur, fiction


4.      Women and Nature

Daphne, myth

“Sleeping Beauty,” fairy tale


5.      Girlhood

“Girl,” Jamaica Kincaid,  short story  

“Hangin’ Fire,” Audre Lorde, poem

“The Changeling,” Julia Ortiz Cofer, poem


II.   Masculinities


1.      Fatherhood

“Fathering,” Bharati Mukherjee, short story

The Father, August Strindberg, play

“Son of Mr. Green Jeans,” Dinty W. Moore, creative non-fiction

“My Son, My Executioner,” Donald Hall, poem

“All I Know About My Father,” Brett Rutherford, poem


2.      Boyhood

“Bar Mitzvah in Naples” From Return to Naples, Robert Zweig, creative non-fiction

“Accident, June 1948,” Seamus Deane, creative non-fiction 

“Paul’s Case,” Willa Cather, short story


3.      Male Identities

“Source of Comfort” From Triple Exposure:  Black, Jewish, and Red in the 1950s,

Dexter Jeffries, creative non-fiction

“Veterans’ Dance,” Jim Northrup, short story

“Metrosexuals: Male Vanity Steps Out of the Closet,” Mark Simpson, essay

“How to Know You’re a Metrosexual,” Vanessa Raymond, essay


III.    Sexualities

“Ode to Aphrodite,” Sappho, poem          

Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti, poem

Excerpt From Monique, Luisa Coelho, novella

“Gauguin’s Stars (for Laura Nyro who loved Gauguin),” Angela Costa, poem

“The Company of Wolves,” Angela Carter, short story

“Afternoon with Canals,” Paul Lisicky, creative non-fiction

“The Women Who Hate Me,” Dorothy Allison, poem

“Reunion,” Xiaolu Guo, short story

“Mrs  Rip Van Wrinkle,” Carol Ann Duffy, poem

“Say It in Sanskrit,” Ree Dragonette, poem

“Yellow Woman” Leslie M. Silko, short story


IV.    Ethnicities and Identities

 Excerpt From “I Hear America Singing,” Walt Whitman, poem

  “I, Too, Sing America,” Langston Hughes, poem

  Just Fine Elizabeth Primamore, play

 “As It Was in the Beginning,”  E. Pauline Johnson, short story

 “Undertaker,” Patricia Smith, poem

  “Fear of Crossing Over,” George Guida, poem

 “Ain’t I a Woman,” Sojourner Truth, speech

 “Sonnet Ghazal,” Roger Sedarat, poem

 “Heirloom” from Dream Homes, Joyce Zonana, creative non-fiction


V.    Roles of Women and Men in Society

“The Story of an Hour,” Kate Chopin, short story

“The Mother,” Gwendolyn Brooks, poem

“The Mother,” Anne Panning, creative non-fiction 

“Black Mother Woman,” Audre Lorde

“The Consultation,” Barbara A. Holland, poem

“The Forsaken Merman,” Matthew Arnold, poem

“Living in Sin,” Adrienne Rich, poem

“And We All Stood Together,” Merle Feld, creative non-fiction

And They Call It Puppy Love (A Trans-Species Farce), Angela Costa, play

“After Making Love We Hear Footsteps,” Galway Kinnell, poem

“Clothes,” Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, short story

 Trifles, Susan Glaspell, play

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