ERIC Number: ED157066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Women and Writing: A New Course for the Creative Writing Curriculum.
Mallinger, Anita E.
The promotion of sexual stereotypes that portray girls as passive, dependent, and nurturing appears to have resulted in the socialization of females into roles that run counter to the function of creative imagination; women have been socialized not to write. A college course for students majoring in creative writing is helping women students to explore the ways their socialization as women has affected their writing. In the first stage, students explore the past. Women of the past--as has been illuminated by Virginia Woolf--were in fact prevented from writing. Even when they did write, anthologists and writers of literary history (who in the past have always been men) have not given their works the attention they merit and have regarded only a limited range of subjects as appropriate for women's writing. Women students should learn to understand the differences in women's and men's writing that arise from differences in the way they have been socialized, and they should try to find their own voices. They can learn to create new literary themes (such as woman as hero) to defy socialized limitations in their writing, and to explore dimensions of themselves as women writing. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 1977)