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GRAD > ENGL > 659

Women in Literature

A lecture course on the principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics include: fundamentals of thermodynamics, first and second laws, thermodynamic potentials, phase transitions, classic kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, and quantum statistical mechanics. Applications of the principles will be made to physical, chemical, and biological systems of special or current interest.Through reading fiction by American authors from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, we will attempt to identify the characteristics of female characters and to understand the historical, ideological and aesthetic reasons for both the persistence and modification of the underlying images. The influence of gender, ethnicity, geographical setting, and major literary movements such

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