SEMINAR: W.A. Hume ENG 278/378 Language and Sexism
TEXT: Miller, Casey and Kate Swift. The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing (2nd edition). Harper & Row Publishers: New York, 1988.
INVITATION: Studying the historical context and social ramifications of language biases benefits even the most remedial writers. The lessons we learn from acknowledging the social biases inherent in our language extend to our understanding of cultural biases as well. With a knowledgeable understanding of the prejudices that exist in our everyday language, we are better prepared to avoid misunderstandings in our writing and our speech.
FOCUS: The purpose of this seminar is to explore the ways in which English is used in both written and oral discourse so as to better understand its orientation toward the sexes.
Three general goals should be achieved through this 1 credit hour seminar:
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: Find three examples of sexist language. These examples may be from media advertisements, textbooks, newspaper or magazine articles, or everyday life.
On Sunday, you will present your findings to the class and explain why these are examples of sexist language.
ENG 278 Home Assignment—Find a recent article (1995-97) on an aspect of Language and Sexism. Write an abstract of the article using the writing guidelines given in class. This assignment should be mailed to the instructor with a postmark no later than __________..
ENG 379 Research Paper—Write a five-page paper (approximately 1,500 words) on a topic of Language and Sexism. Your topic must be approved by the instructor no later than 7 Nov 97. You must use at least three periodical references and use proper MLA format for documentation. The research paper must be double-spaced and typed. It should be mailed to the instructor with a postmark no later than __________.
include a self-addressed envelop if you wish to have your work returned to you.