This blog is part of a WLT 101 / WGS 285 cross-listed online class called World Literature in Translation: Reading the World through Female Eyes, at Mercer University during the second summer session (June 24 – July 26, 2013).
We are going to cover works by three female authors: Claire de Duras (French), Mercè Rodoreda (Catalonian), and Isabel Allende (Spanish). Although these writers differ in terms of language, nationality, and time period, there are several elements that make them similar. We will explore their views of society and the ways their female characters face compromising circumstances.

Allende, Isabel. Paula. Trans. Margaret Sayers Peden. New York: Harper Perennial, 1995. Print. (ISBN: 978-0-06-156490-1)
Duras, Claire de. Ourika. Trans. John Fowles.  New York: The Modern Languages Association of America, 1994. Print. (ISBN: 0-87352-780-1)
Rodoreda, Mercè. The Time of the Doves. Trans. David Rosenthal. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 1981. Print. (ISBN: 978-0-915308-75-0)


  • Please make sure to purchase these specific editions of the books since assignments will be based on the page numbers of these editions. Using other versions will be confusing and cause delays or misunderstandings.
  • Syllabus and instructions will be sent via e-mail (Mercer e-mail). If you are not a Mercer student, I will use the e-mail address you submitted at the time of your registration in this class. I will use a Mercer’s listserv to avoid having to type individual addresses. Keep an eye on your e-mail. 
  • It is CRITICAL that students turn in their assignments on time since each contribution will be part of this blog and part of the class discussion.
  • The class will follow the United States’ Eastern Time Zone. If you are in a different time zone, please keep this in mind.


  • First Day of Class: June 24
  • Late Registration & Drop/Add: June 24-25
  • Holiday – Independence Day: July 4
  • Last Day for Course Withdrawal: July 16
  • Last Class Day: July 24

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